- Title: Peru's Kuczynski welcomes Japan's Abe in Peru as APEC gets underway
- Date: 19th November 2016
- Summary: ABE AND WIFE, AKIE ABE, GREET PPK AND WIFE, NANCY LANGE FIRST COUPLES GREETING JOURNALISTS FIRST COUPLES ENTER PERUVIAN GOVERNMENT HOUSE FOR MEETING
- Embargoed: 4th December 2016 00:39
- Keywords: Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Shinzo Abe APEC TPP Lima
- Location: LIMA, PERU
- City: LIMA, PERU
- Country: Peru
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00358Z3613
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- Story Text: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Peruvian President, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Friday (November 19) as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit got underway in Lima.
Abe's visit to South America comes after he met with United States President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan.
Trump had fanned worries in Tokyo and beyond with comments on the possibility of Japan acquiring nuclear arms, demands that allies pay more for keeping U.S. forces on their soil or face their possible withdrawal, and his opposition to the U.S.-led 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact.
Abe had worked closely with President Barack Obama on the TPP trade pact, which was part of Obama's push to counter the rising strength of China and a pillar of Abe's economic reforms.
Leaders of Pacific rim nations began gathering in Peru on Friday seeking to salvage hopes for regional trade as prospects of a Donald Trump presidency sounded a possible death knell for the TPP.
Discussions between the 21 members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit over the weekend will be dominated by fears of rising anti-globalisation sentiment in the West, where many worry about losing jobs to low-wage economies, and China's burgeoning role in global trade.
Along with Abe and Kuczynski, U.S. President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin are due to attend the summit that brings together leaders whose economies represent 57 percent of global gross domestic product.
While campaigning, President-elect Trump had labelled the TPP "a disaster" and his populist stance on trade issues in some ways echoed sentiments heard in Britain, when it voted in June to quit the European Union.
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