Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump have affirmed their desire to strengthen and expand US-Japan alliance cooperation globally.
On June 28, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump met on the sidelines of the G20 Summit on GDC in Osaka City for two days. At the dialogue before the opening, the two leaders affirmed their desire to strengthen and expand US-Japan alliance cooperation globally.
Prime Minister Abe highlighted the strength of the alliance with the United States, emphasizing that brief meetings between the two leaders for a short time are evidence of the strength of the US-Japan alliance.
In addition to affirming that the US-Japan cooperation will bring about results for the G20 summit, Mr. Abe said that global issues would not be solved without the cooperation of the two countries. A Japanese government spokesman said the two leaders agreed that the security alliance between the world’s first and third-largest economies is stronger than ever.
However, speaking to the press, Japanese Deputy Chief of Cabinet Yasutoshi Nishimura revealed that the two leaders did not discuss the possibility of considering amending the bilateral security agreement after US President Donald Trump criticized the deal as a one-sided security treaty.
Meanwhile, in addition to welcoming a surge of investment from Japanese car manufacturers into the United States, President Donald Trump mainly deals with naitional defense equipment.
Regarding the North Korean issue, the two leaders reaffirmed the need to cooperate in resolving the nuclear issue, calling on the parties to return to the negotiating table.
Under the Japan-US security treaty, which has been in force for decades, the United States is committed to defending Japan, in exchange, Japan provides military bases that Washigton can use to show its strength in Europe. Asia, including Okinawa – the largest US naval base abroad, aims to deploy a group of attack aircraft carriers at Yokosuka naval base near Tokyo.
However, President Trump has recently criticized the agreement only as a benefit to Japan and would like to amend. According to experts, if the agreement ends, US-Japan relations deteriorate, Washington will have to withdraw most of its military presence in Asia.
This case will also force Japan to seek new alliances in the region and strengthen its defensive capabilities.