- Title: U.S. Defense Secretary says US has 'important' interests in Asia-Pacific
- Date: 7th December 2016
- Summary: TOKYO, JAPAN (DECEMBER 7, 2016) (REUTERS) **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** CARTER AND INADA AT A JOINT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY, ASH CARTER, SAYING: "The United States has important interests in this region. And therefore, because many of those interests are shared with Japan, we have a common interest in strengthening the capabilities of the alliance." JOURNALIST ASKING A QUESTION DURING THE JOINT NEWS CONFERENCE JAPANESE HONORARY GUARDS STANDING AS CARTER IS GREETED BY INADA CARTER SHAKING HANDS WITH INADA
- Embargoed: 22nd December 2016 03:52
- Keywords: Japan US Defence Secretary Asia ties
- Location: TOKYO, JAPAN
- City: TOKYO, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Reuters ID: LVA0025BVVYO7
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- Story Text: U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday (December 7) the United States has important interests in the Asia-Pacific region and is working towards an orderly handover to the administration of President-elect Donald Trump.
"The United has important interests in this region. And therefore, because many of those interests are shared with Japan, we have a common interest in strengthening the capabilities of the alliance," Carter said during a joint news conference after holding a meeting with Japan's Defense Minister Tomomi Inada in Tokyo.
Carter is in Japan to try to soothe anxieties caused by the victory of Trump, who has called for allies to pay more to sustain U.S. forces, or face their possible withdrawal.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Pearl Harbor this month with U.S. President Barack Obama, becoming his country's first leader to travel to the site of the Japanese attack 75 years ago that drew the United States into World War Two.
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