U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson meets with Japanese PM Abe during first Asia trip

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday (March 16) in Tokyo during his first Asia trip to underscore the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance against the backdrop of escalating threat from North Korea’s nuclear program and heightening tension within the Asia Pacific region.

Earlier today, Tillerson suggested a “new approach” without stating any detailed steps the Trump administration will pursue, when he held talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.

Japan is seeking clues to Washington’s policies on a volatile North Korea and a rising China while hoping to steer clear of trade rows during Tillerson’s visit.

U.S. President Donald Trump made it a hallmark of his presidential campaign to call on U.S. allies, including Japan, to pay more for hosting U.S. forces and other elements of U.S. protection.

 

(Reuters)

 
 
 
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