Shinzo Abe to become the first foreign leader to meet Donald Trump
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will become the first foreign leader to meet the United States’ president-elect Donald Trump on Monday, where he will assert the importance of security ties between the two countries.
US’s long time allies Japan and South Korea were shocked by the comments Trump made during his campaign that he is planning to call back the troops from Asia-Pacific region mentioning the economic liability it created.
The claim which the Republican denied since his victory, disturbed the officials in Tokyo and Seul.
While congratulating Trump on last Tuesday through a note, Abe emphasised about US-Japan security alliance and stability in the region. He also glorified the talents of the Republican as a businessman. “I very much look forward to closely cooperating with you to further strengthen the bond of the Japan-US alliance,” Abe added in the note.
The Japan Prime Minister will be visiting the president-elect in New York on Thursday, on his way to Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in Peru.
During the campaign, Trump said Tokyo did not pay much for the services of 47,000 US troops in Japan soil. Japan pays 200 bn yen (£1.5bn) for the troops’ presence.
The business tycoon turned politician on last week told Abe over the phone that he is ready to strengthen the “special partnership”between the countries. He assured embattled South Korean president Park Geun-Hye something of the same tone saying he would retain the existing security arrangements.
Meanwhile, US State Department officials have clarified that bilateral ties with Japan remained of high priority in Asia-Pacific region when China mounts pressure on the South China Sea and North Korea’s expedited nuclear armament.