Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Abe to meet Trump amid challenges at home and overseas

Abe to meet Trump amid challenges at home and overseas

United States President Donald Trump will host his Japan counterpart, Shinzo Abe, at his Mar-a-Lago resort on Tuesday.

After Donald Trump's surprise acceptance of direct talks with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, Japan's leader is anxious to set ground rules for negotiations. He will ask Trump to take up the issue when the USA president meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Japan's leader said that he is seeking China's cooperation in efforts to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons development in a full and irreversible way.

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China and Japan took another step toward mending their troubled relations Monday, resuming high-level economic talks for the first time in almost eight years.

Referring to the rapidly changing economic environment for the two countries, Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Monday said at the beginning of the meeting, held in Tokyo, that Japan aimed to leverage this to strengthen the bilateral relationship further.

Following Washington's withdrawal, the remaining 11 members, led by Japan, succeeded in signing a revised version in March. Abe's expected to push Trump to keep a hard-line stance on Pyongyang during those talks. He will likely seek to get Trump to reverse his decision not to exclude Japan from new steel and aluminum tariffs, while resisting the US leader's attempts to pull Japan into bilateral trade negotiations.

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