Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Thai counterpart, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, on Thursday, looking to confirm bilateral relations and strengthening economic and security partnerships between the two Asian countries. This is the second time the two leaders are meeting to discuss economic and security ties between the two nations, following initial talks in Bangkok in January. Both are eyeing stronger cooperation in terms of security amid regional tensions over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions as well as China’s increasing maritime aggressiveness.
“I want to keep enhancing the strategic partnership with Thailand, as the environment in the Asia-Pacific region has significantly changed,” Abe expressed his optimism at start of the meeting in Tokyo. Shinawatra responded in the same positive nature, also appreciating Japan’s substantial assistance for the development of the Thai economy. Both leaders are also heavily considering the expansion of trade and investment relationships between the two countries. Japan is looking to enter the negotiation table for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade accord, as Thailand is also studying possible membership into the U.S.-led trade framework.
After arriving in Japan, Prime Minister Shinawatra, attended the “Tokyo Roadshow 2013”, an event put forward by Thailand’s Commerce Ministry which aims to attract more Japanese investors to Thailand. Shinawatra was joined by top Thai government ministers, as the roadshow is very significant to the Southeast Asian nation in terms of further strengthening its economy and enhancing development by looking for possible partnerships with Japanese industries.
[via Global Post]