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Gist of Japan-U.S. summit, Nov. 19

  • 2015-11-20 15:00:00
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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(Tokyo Shimbun: November 20, 2015 – p. 6)

 

 MANILA, Kyodo – Following is the gist of the summit meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama:

 

 South China Sea

 

 Abe: We oppose all actions to change the status quo unilaterally. We support the U.S. forces’ “Operation Freedom of Navigation” (near a Chinese artificial island). We will consider Self-Defense Forces (SDF) operations in the South China Sea while closely watching the impact of the situation on Japan’s security.

 

 Obama: We will continue efforts with regard to the international code of conduct, maritime issues, and freedom of navigation. Operation “Freedom of Navigation” is an important step. This will be undertaken routinely.

 

 TPP

 

 Abe: We would like to strengthen Japan-U.S. cooperation for the early ratification and effectuation of the agreement.

 

 Obama: The task ahead is to move to the stage of effectuation and implementation.

 

 Terrorist attacks in Paris

 

 Abe, Obama: We will cooperate closely with the international community to prevent further terrorist attacks.

 

 Abe: I share the President’s strong indignation.

 

 Japan-U.S. alliance

 

 Abe: We would like to make this the prelude to new cooperation for further contributions to the peace and stability of the international community.

 

 Obama: (With the enactment of the security laws,) it will now be possible to discuss broadening cooperation with the U.S. on a global scale.

 

 Futenma relocation

 

 Abe: Relocation to Henoko, Nago City, in Okinawa is the only solution to the issue of relocating the U.S. forces’ Futenma Air Station. We intend to execute the plan with strong determination.

 

 Obama: Thank you. The U.S. forces will also work on returning land (in Okinawa).

 

 Japan-China-ROK summit

 

 Obama: This was an extremely important meeting. We strongly support dialogue with President Park Geun-hye. Cooperation among Japan, the U.S., and the ROK is absolutely indispensable for responding to the North Korea issues.

 

 Abe: Japan-U.S.-ROK security cooperation is important.

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