April 16, 2018
This week's meeting at Mar-a-Lago between President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe represents an important moment in diplomatic relations for the two countries.
Two issues will likely dominate the agenda. One is North Korea. Coming about one week before the North-South Korea summit, and before Trump's own expected meeting with Kim Jong-Un, the Trump-Abe meeting is an opportunity to reaffirm a unified stance on keeping the “maximum pressure” sanctions intended to force Pyongyang to denuclearize and roll back its ballistic missile programs. A second is tariffs. When Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports last month, he did not exclude Japan. The summit is an opportunity to discuss this potential trade dispute and find a resolution.
RAND experts Jeffery Hornung, a political scientist and specialist on Japanese security and foreign policy, and Scott Harold, associate director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy, are available to comment.
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