Washington, February 11: The United States and Japan have vowed to work together to strengthen their relationship in defence, strategic ties and agreed to make bilateral trade fairer. Notably, U.S president Donald Trump and Japenese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held their first official meeting on Friday in Washington and affirmed their strong determination to further strengthen the U.S.-Japan Alliance and economic relationship.
Both the leaders focused on the three-pronged approach of mutually-reinforcing fiscal, monetary, and structural policies to strengthen domestic and global economic demand during their meet. They also discussed opportunities and challenges facing each of their economies and the need to promote inclusive growth and prosperity in their countries, the Asia-Pacific region, and the world.
Abe, Trump also affirmed the commitment of the US and Japan to the realignment of US forces in Japan, to ensure the long-term, sustainable presence of US forces. The US army maintains a significant presence on the island of Okinawa and elsewhere in Japan, a key security lynchpin in the vast region.
“We are committed to the security of Japan and all areas under its administrative control and to further strengthening our very crucial alliance. The US, Japan alliance is the cornerstone of peace and stability in the Pacific region,” Trump said in a joint press statement with Japenese PM Shinjo Abe.
Trump insisted that it is important that both Japan and the US continue to invest heavily in the alliance to build up their defence capabilities which, under their leadership, will become stronger and stronger, and as time goes by, ultimately they will be impenetrable. Trump said the two countries face numerous challenges and bilateral cooperation is essential to address them.
“We will work together to promote our shared interests, of which we have many, in the region, including freedom of navigation and defending against the North Korean missile and nuclear threat, both of which I consider a very, very high priority,” Trump said. Trump further said, “On the economy, we will seek a trading relationship that is free, fair and reciprocal, benefiting both of our countries. The vibrant exchange between us is a true blessing.”
PM Abe, speaking in Japanese firstly congratulated President Trump on being elected as the US President. “The mutually beneficial economic relations have been built by Japan and the US,” he said. With President Trump taking on the leadership, Abe said big infrastructure investments will be made, including in high-speed train technology.
“Japanese bullet trains are known for their speed, and safety,” Abe said, adding, with the latest magnetic technology, it would take only one hour to travel from Washington, DC to New York where Trump Tower exists. Japan, with its high-level of technical capability will be able to contribute to Trump’s growth strategy, in the end of his statement Shinjo added.