Japan and Peru agreed Friday to step up efforts to implement the Trans-Pacific Partnership as soon as possible, despite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump having vowed to scrap the 12-nation free trade pact once he takes office in January.
“We affirmed to make further efforts to complete the domestic procedures for each of our countries for timely implementation of the TPP,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a joint news conference with Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski after their talks in Lima.
The agreement suggests they will cooperate in sending a message to Trump to reverse his position on the TPP as they join other Pacific Rim leaders at a two-day summit of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum starting Saturday in the Peruvian capital.
During Friday’s talks, Abe and Kuczynski also agreed to cooperate in adopting a new U.N. Security Council resolution to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea in response to its fifth and largest nuclear test in September.
They condemned “in the strongest terms” two nuclear tests and more than 20 ballistic missile launches North Korea has carried out this year, and demanded that the country refrain from conducting any further provocative acts, according to a joint statement issued after the talks.
The leaders called for a “more legitimate, effective and representative” U.N. Security Council and Kuczynski reiterated Peru’s support for Japan’s bid to become a permanent member of a reformed Security Council.
They also recognized the importance of swiftly implementing the Paris climate accord involving about 200 countries in the fight against global warming.
On the bilateral front, the leaders agreed to increase cooperation in various areas as “strategic partners” sharing universal values such as freedom, democracy, the rule of law and basic human rights, according to the statement.
As part of efforts to strengthen economic ties, they decided to launch talks for concluding a bilateral tax treaty. Abe expressed interest in Japan’s participation in building infrastructure in Peru such as the transport sector in Lima and surrounding areas.
Abe and Kuczynski also acknowledged contributions by Japanese Peruvians to the development of Peru. At present, about 100,000 Japanese Peruvians reside in the country, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.