Pence to Discuss Trade,NKorea in Japan 11/12 06:20
TOKYO (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Tokyo on Monday to
discuss North Korea and other issues with Japanese officials before heading to
two regional summits.
Pence is expected to also discuss China's growing regional influence and
bilateral trade with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when they meet Tuesday,
During a stopover in Alaska, Pence told reporters that he planned to "talk
about our important alliance, our economic relationship, current negotiations
for a free trade agreement of course, and we'll be focusing on our ongoing
commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," Japan's NHK public
Pence said in a recent opinion piece in the Washington Post that America
will soon begin negotiations for "a historic trade agreement with Japan."
The two countries agreed in September to start negotiations on a bilateral
trade agreement. Talks are expected to begin early next year.
President Donald Trump's administration has reached a trade pact with South
Korea and another with Mexico and Canada. Pence said in the article that the
new trade deals "will put American jobs and American workers first."
Pence also stressed American commitment to the security and prosperity of
the Indo-Pacific region.
Pence is to leave Tuesday to attend a meeting of the Association of
Southeast Asian Nations in Singapore and an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
summit in Papua New Guinea on behalf of Trump.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters Monday that
Pence's visit ahead of the regional meetings is a "perfect chance to reaffirm
cooperation between Japan and the United States regarding our policies on North
Korea and various other issues of mutual interest."
He said Pence and Abe will discuss ways to expand trade and investment
between the two sides.