- Title: Stable U.S.-China relations crucial for global economy - Japan PM Abe
- Date: 26th August 2019
- Summary: BIARRITZ, FRANCE (AUGUST 26, 2019) (REUTERS) JAPAN PRIME MINISTER, SHINZO ABE, ARRIVING FOR NEWS BRIEFING JOURNALISTS AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPAN PRIME MINISTER, SHINZO ABE, SAYING (ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL TRANSLATION): "U.S. and China are respectively the number one and number two economic powers of the world, so their building of a stable economic relationship is beneficial not only to both countries, but to the whole world. It is very important that they have stable economic relations, for the sustainable economic growth of the entire global economy. Their economic relations are directly connected. The consultations between the U.S. and China, I hope, will progress in a constructive manner. As of now consultations are taking place intermittently between the two countries and high-level negotiations will soon take place according to media reports, President Trump has said similar things. I hope there will be good results from U.S.-China trade negotiations that will help stabilise the global economy." VARIOUS OF NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPAN PRIME MINISTER, SHINZO ABE, SAYING (ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL TRANSLATION): "During the Japan-U.S. summit talks, there were no exchanges on the Japan-South Korea relationship at any weight on the South Korean side, the violation of the 1965 Japan-South Korea claim agreement is left as it was and they have announced that Gsomia (military information-sharing pact with Seoul) will not be renewed. Unfortunately, responses that undermine the trust and confidence between one country and another are continuing, which is regrettable. Therefore, first of all, we would like to request that country-to-country promises be honoured." VARIOUS OF JOURNALISTS (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPAN PRIME MINISTER, SHINZO ABE, SAYING (ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL TRANSLATION): "Regarding North Korean matters, in order to resolve multiple issues including abduction, nuclear head missiles, together with President Trump coming forward, just like we have said before, we have confirmed we will continue our very close collaboration. North Korea is launching short-range ballistic missiles, this is a violation of the U.N. Security Council resolutions, this is deeply regrettable. As for Japan, we fully support the U.S.-North Korea process and therefore will continue to strongly support this process going forward. Regarding abduction, I have expressed my gratitude to President Trump for his consistent support, I have also once again explained to President Trump that I am now determined to engage with chairman Kim Jong Un without any conditions, so under the current analysis, no chances shall be missed and decisive actions will be taken." JOURNALISTS (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPAN PRIME MINISTER, SHINZO ABE, SAYING (ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL TRANSLATION): "In the summit meeting between Japan and the United States, President Trump and I confirmed the progress of trade negotiations between Mister Motegi (Japan's trade negotiator Toshimitsu Motegi) and ambassador Robert Lighthizer of the USTR (U.S. Trade Representative) along the joint statement of U.S. and Japan in September last year, they were able to agree on their opinions on major issues, I welcome that. Looking towards the signing of the agreement by the end of September, we agreed we shall accelerate the remaining works." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS JOURNALISTS ABE STEPPING AWAY FROM PODIUM AT END OF NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 9th September 2019 19:50
- Keywords: Prime Minister stable relations between the United States and China Japan global economy Xi Jinping economies Donald Trump bilateral trade Shinzo Abe
- Location: BIARRITZ, FRANCE
- City: BIARRITZ, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: G7,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001ATUTN47
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- Story Text:Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday (August 26) that stable relations between the United States and China were crucial not just for these economies, but for the sake of the global economy.
Speaking at a news briefing after the G7 summit in France's Biarritz, Abe said he hoped U.S.-China trade negotiations would yield good results that would stabilise the global economy.
Abe also said he had agreed with U.S. President Donald Trump to speed up work to aim for signing a bilateral trade deal by the end of September.
He added that the two leaders had not discussed worsening relations between Japan and South Korea, but called for South Korea to honour its promises. This came a day after South Korean forces began two days of expanded drills around an island also claimed by Japan and only days after Seoul said it would scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with its neighbour.
Abe said North Korea missile launches were violating U.N. Security Council Resolutions, and were deeply regrettable, but that Japan would support U.S.-North Korea talks.
(Production: Marina Depetris, Parniyan Zemaryalai)
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