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“Political honeymoon” between President Trump and PM Abe is double-edged sword

Friday’s Asahi carried a prominent story on the strong personal bonds between President Trump and Prime Minister Abe, claiming that the U.S. leader has given weight to Abe’s opinions on such issues as North Korea’s nuclear and missile development and China’s maritime push. The premier is viewed by some USG officials as a “special assistant to the President on Asia.” The daily said while Tokyo is keen to play up the strong partnership between the two leaders when the President visits Japan, this political honeymoon may backfire as the President may ask Abe to make concessions on the trade front in exchange for offering a stronger defense commitment. The paper also expressed concern about a possible diplomatic deal by the President with China on starting dialogue with North Korea.

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