Abe wants to build ‘re­la­tion­ship of trust’

Global Times - Weekend - - WORLD -

Ja­pan’s Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe said Fri­day he wants to build a “re­la­tion­ship of trust” with US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, and stressed the eco­nomic and trade ties be­tween the coun­try are a “win-win.”

With US-Ja­panese ties strained by Trump’s re­jec­tion of a trans-Pa­cific trade deal, his ques­tion­ing of long­stand­ing de­fense com­mit­ments and rough treat­ment of close al­lies, Abe said his meet­ing with the new pres­i­dent is timely.

“I wish to firmly build a re­la­tion­ship of trust at the lead­er­ship level with my visit to the US, and to show to our peo­ple and the world the un­wa­ver­ing al­liance be­tween Ja­pan and the US.”

Abe opened his two-day visit with a meet­ing with busi­ness lead­ers in which he high­lighted the hun­dreds of thou­sands of Amer­i­can jobs cre­ated by the vast Ja­panese in­vest­ments in the US.

Most bud­get cars sold by Toy­ota and Honda are “pro­duced in US fac­to­ries by Amer­i­can work­ers,” he said, not­ing that US in­vest­ments by Ja­panese com­pa­nies to­tal $411 bil­lion, gen­er­at­ing 840,000 jobs.

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