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Japan, United States to Launch New Economic Dialogue (News)

Washington, Feb. 10 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and US President Donald Trump agreed Friday to launch a new dialogue scheme to discuss ways to expand investment and employment in the United States, as well as trade between the two countries.

The agreement came in line with the new president’s “America first” policy with emphasis on boosting infrastructure development and creating jobs at home, as well as reducing US trade deficits.

It also followed Trump’s recent claim that Japan has been imposing unfair trade barriers on US automobiles and trying to weaken the yen.

Also at their first summit since Trump took office on Jan. 20, the two leaders confirmed that the Japan-US security treaty applies to the Senkaku Islands administered by Japan but claimed by China.

Trump accepted Abe’s invitation to pay his first presidential visit to Japan later this year.

Abe, Trump Reaffirm US Commitment to Defend Senkakus

Washington, Feb. 10 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and US President Donald Trump on Friday affirmed the United States’ commitment to defend the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands under the bilateral security treaty.

The two leaders affirmed that Article 5 of the Japan-US security treaty, which stipulates the United States’ obligation to defend Japan, “covers the Senkaku Islands” in the East China Sea, they said in a joint statement issued after a meeting at the White House.

“The US commitment to defend Japan through the full range of US military capabilities, both nuclear and conventional, is unwavering,” the joint statement said.

“We are committed to the security of Japan and all areas under its administrative control,” Trump told a joint press conference with Abe after their first meeting since Trump’s inauguration last month. The islands are also claimed by China.

“The US-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of peace and stability in the Pacific region,” Trump said.

Kishida, Tillerson Agree to Fortify Japan-US Alliance Further

Washington, Feb. 10 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida Fumio and new US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson agreed Friday on cooperation to further enhance the bilateral alliance in an effort to help stabilize the situation in the Asia-Pacific region.

At their first meeting, held at the US Department of State in Washington, Kishida and Tillerson reconfirmed that the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, claimed by China, are covered by the Japan-US security treaty’s Article 5, which stipulates the United States’ defense obligations for territories under Japanese jurisdiction.

Such reaffirmation was made also at new US Defense Secretary James Mattis’ meetings with Japan’s Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and Defense Minister Inada Tomomi during his visit to Tokyo earlier this month.

The Kishida-Tillerson meeting preceded a summit between Abe and US President Donald Trump, to be held at the White House later on Friday.

During the meeting that lasted about 30 minutes, Kishida and Tillerson shared the view that the security situation in the Asia-Pacific region is very tough due to North Korea’s nuclear and missile development programs and China’s growing activities in the East China Sea and the South China Sea.

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