Source: News Bharati English16 Nov 2016 17:19:16

Tokyo, Nov 16: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be the first foreign leader to meet Donald Trump, president-elect of the United States in New York on Thursday to discuss bilateral issues related to security relations between the two nations.

During this meeting, the Japanese Premier will seek reassurances about the US commitment to Japan’s security, reported The Guardian.

Donald Trump, during his election campaign, had made certain comments that disturbed the countries like Japan and South Korea. Trump had hinted on withdrawal of American troops from the Asia-Pacific region unless Japan and South Korea-the two US allies in the region- paid more towards the cost of security.

Officials in Tokyo and Seoul were also disturbed by Trump’s suggestion – which he has since denied – that the two countries could end decades of dependence on their US nuclear umbrella and develop their own nuclear deterrents.

Either move would redraw the Asia-Pacific security map and usher in a new era of instability, according to a recent report by the Asia Foundation. The report warns that the withdrawal of US forces, and the subsequent pressure on Japan and South Korea to go nuclear, would “trigger massive destabilisation of the regional order”.