The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 10, 2017
Joint Statement from President Donald J. Trump andPrime Minister Shinzo Abe
President Donald J. Trump and PrimeMinister Shinzo Abe held their first official meeting today in Washington D.C.and affirmed their strong determination to further strengthen the U.S.-JapanAlliance and economic relationship.
The unshakable U.S.-Japan Alliance is thecornerstone of peace, prosperity, and freedom in the Asia-Pacific region. The U.S. commitment to defend Japan throughthe full range of U.S. military capabilities, both nuclear and conventional, isunwavering. Amid an increasinglydifficult security environment in the Asia-Pacific region, the United Stateswill strengthen its presence in the region, and Japan will assume larger rolesand responsibilities in the alliance. The United States and Japan will continue to implement and expanddefense cooperation as laid out in the 2015 U.S.-Japan Defense Guidelines. The United States and Japan will furtherenhance cooperation with allies and partners in the region. The two leaders underscored the importance ofmaintaining international order based upon the rule of law.
The two leaders affirmed the commitment ofthe United States and Japan to the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan, toensure the long-term, sustainable presence of U.S. forces. They affirmed that the United States andJapan are committed to the plan to construct the Futenma Replacement Facilityat the Camp Schwab/Henoko area and in adjacent waters. It is the only solution that avoids thecontinued use of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.
The two leaders affirmed that Article V of the U.S.-Japan Treaty ofMutual Cooperation and Security covers the Senkaku Islands. They oppose any unilateral action that seeksto undermine Japan's administration of these islands. The United States and Japan will deepencooperation to safeguard the peace and stability of the East China Sea. The two leaders underscored the importance ofmaintaining a maritime order based on international law, including freedom ofnavigation and overflight and other lawful uses of the sea. The United States and Japan oppose anyattempt to assert maritime claims through the use of intimidation, coercion orforce. The United States and Japan alsocall on countries concerned to avoid actions that would escalate tensions inthe South China Sea, including the militarization of outposts, and to act inaccordance with international law.
The United States and Japan strongly urgeNorth Korea to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and not totake any further provocative actions. The U.S.-Japan Alliance is fully capable of ensuring the security ofJapan. The United States is fullycommitted to defending its homeland, forces, and allies, through the full rangeof U.S. military capabilities. The twoleaders affirmed the importance of an early resolution of the abductions issue. They also affirmed the importance oftrilateral cooperation among the United States, Japan and the Republic ofKorea. The United States and Japan arealso committed to rigorousimplementation of the U.N. Security Council resolutions on North Korea.
The United States and Japan will strengthentheir bilateral technological cooperation on defense innovation to meet theevolving security challenges. The United States and Japan will also expandbilateral security cooperation in the fields of space and cyberspace. The United States and Japan also stronglycondemn terrorism in all forms and manifestations and will enhance ourcooperation to fight against terrorist groups that pose a global threat.
The two leaders instructed their foreignand defense ministers to convene a Security Consultative Committee (SCC:"2+2") meeting to identify ways to further strengthen the U.S.-JapanAlliance, including through the review of the respective roles, missions, andcapabilities of the two countries.
The United States and Japan represent 30percent of the world's GDP and share an interest in sustaining a strong globaleconomy, ensuring financial stability, and growing job opportunities. To advance these interests, the President andthe Prime Minister reaffirmed their commitments to using the three-prongedapproach of mutually-reinforcing fiscal, monetary, and structural policies tostrengthen domestic and global economic demand.
The two leaders discussed opportunities andchallenges facing each of their economies and the need to promote inclusivegrowth and prosperity in their countries, the Asia-Pacific region, and theworld. They emphasized that they remainfully committed to strengthening the economic relationships between their twocountries and across the region, based on rules for free and fair trade. This will include setting high trade andinvestment standards, reducing market barriers, and enhancing opportunities foreconomic and job growth in the Asia-Pacific.
The United States and Japan reaffirmed theimportance of both deepening their trade and investment relations and of theircontinued efforts in promoting trade, economic growth, and high standardsthroughout the Asia-Pacific region. Toward this end, and noting that the United States has withdrawn fromthe Trans-Pacific Partnership, the leaders pledged to explore how best toaccomplish these shared objectives. Thiswill include discussions between the United States and Japan on a bilateral frameworkas well as Japan continuing to advance regional progress on the basis ofexisting initiatives.
In addition, the two leaders expressedinterest in exploring cooperation across sectors that promote mutual economicbenefits to the United States and Japan.
The two leaders decided to have theircountries engage in an economic dialogue to discuss these and otherissues. They also reaffirmed theirintent to continue cooperation in regional and global fora.
Invitationsto Visit Japan
Prime Minister Abe invited President Trumpfor an official visit to Japan during the course of this year, and alsowelcomed an early visit of Vice President Pence to Tokyo. President Trump accepted these invitations.