The leaders of the two countries, Japan and the United States, that stand against the Air Defence Identification Zone put up by China, addressed the issues facing them in a teleconference conducted last Thursday. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Vice President Joe Biden announced that they will increase the two countries’ cooperation in addressing China’s ADIZ, this after Biden met with Chinese President Xi Jinping last week and told him that the U.S. will not honor the ADIZ set-up in the East China Sea.
Trilateral security cooperation from Japan, South Korea and United States was also discussed with the Vice President reiterating their call for better ties between Japan and South Korea. Biden even quoted South Korean President Park Geun-Hye’s remark that a meeting with Prime Minister Abe is not going to be fruitful at the present time. Other matters including sensitive issues with the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact that needs to be ironed out were also mentioned in the teleconference.
The one-hour call came after the U.S. Vice President requested to talk with Abe, having met the Prime Minister in the first leg of his visits to Japan, China and South Korea last week. Also in attendance at the meeting last week were Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato and the Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Head Junichi Ihara and North American Affairs Bureau Head Koji Tomita.
[via Global Post]
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