World - - Nov 18,2016
Japan’s Prime Minister Abe Shinzo met U.S. president elect Donald Trump in New York for a ‘candid discussion’
U.S. president elect Donald Trump has several times given confusing and varying comments about Japan and nuclear weapons; during an interview with CNN he said “Maybe it’s the time to change; China has it, even Pakistan has it, why not them”. When enquired about this statement he said “I never said Japan should have nuclear weapons, I don’t want more nuclear weapons”. Statements like this and Trumps sometimes on-off temper is what has kept Japan on its heels, and is the reason of Shinzo Abe’s unofficial “candid” visit.
Trump, even as a presidential candidate for the 2016 U.S. elections, has been very vocal about how he wishes to withdraw the expenditure done on the military support U.S. has provided Japan, and how he would make Japan pay for the majority of the same. This along with open discussion of how he would not “rule out the use of nuclear weapons”, has been talked and talked enough to provoke Japan’s PM to visit president elect Donald Trump and smoothen the rough surface of this brand new relationship.
PM Shinzo, in his official statement after the meeting said that he was “very honored” to see the President elect way before other world leaders. He further added that, for himthis US-Japan alliance is “the axis of Japan's diplomacy and security”.
Katsuyuki Kawai, top aide to Shinzo Abe, said that he'd been told by the members of Trump's transition team that, Trump's previous remarks should not be taken too ‘literally’.
On being enquired about the meeting, Shinzo declined to say if the two men discussed the defense issue or their disagreement over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. Though, he expressed that he was ‘convinced’ that Trump is a leader in whom he can ‘place his confidence’.
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