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U.S.-Japan trade talks may be delayed until after February

  • January 25, 2019
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei ran an extensive report speculating that new trade negotiations between the United States and Japan, which were initially expected to be launched this month, are likely to be delayed until February or later because of the partial government shutdown and because Washington will likely prioritize trade talks with Beijing. The paper conjectured that although the GOJ views President Trump’s expected visit to Japan in June as a critical juncture in its new trade talks with Washington, the duration of negotiations and developments in the U.S.-China trade talks will likely have an impact on what will be agreed upon in the talks between Washington and Tokyo. The paper speculated that the planned U.S.-Japan talks could be delayed until April or later if Washington’s trade talks with Beijing continue beyond the March 1 deadline because U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer, who is in charge of trade talks with Japan, also leads the negotiations with China.


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