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White House official says President to state Senkakus covered by Security Treaty

NHK reported this morning that a senior White House official said during a telephone press briefing on Thursday that President Trump is expected to clarify at his summit with Prime Minister Abe that the Senkaku Islands fall under the scope of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty. According to the network, the senior official pointed out that the Senkakus “are under the administration of Japan” and that “the standing U.S. policy has been that the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty, Article 5 of that treaty does apply to the Senkaku Islands.” The official also reportedly stressed that the U.S. “opposes any unilateral actions that would seek to undermine Japan’s administration of the islands.”


On the economic issue, the official reportedly said automobiles will be an important agenda at the summit, saying that “automobiles are such an iconic and critical part of the Japanese economy” and that they are “of high interest to President Trump.” In addition, the official reportedly said the President believes that bilateral agreements are necessary for the U.S. and that he will pursue that possibility at the summit. On the President’s criticism of Japan’s currency manipulation, the official reportedly said it is not at the top of the list of the items to be discussed. Meanwhile, the network said PM Abe is expected to propose creating a cabinet-level framework to discuss joint projects on such issues as macroeconomic and trade policies and infrastructure development, and confirm the goal of building a mutually beneficial economic relationship.

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