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U.S., Japan leaders vow to enhance bilateral ties
Visiting U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday vowed to enhance bilateral ties and agree to continue their talks on the U. S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade talks.
Obama, speaking at the summit with Abe, commented the U.S.- Japan alliance as the "foundation" for not only the U.S. security in Asia-Pacific region, but also "for the region as a whole."
As to the TPP, Obama said in the joint press conference that the free trade talks should benefit the U.S. consumers and companies, adding the two countries are "closer to deal" on market access in TPP.
The president, however, said that limited access to Japanese market must be addressed under TPP.
For his part, Abe said that the two sides have agreed to seek an early conclusion of the TPP free trade talks and they would release a statement after ministerial talks on TPP later the day.
Abe said that the two leaders' summit has vitalized the Japan-U. S. alliance and they will expand cooperation in the defense area.
The two countries also agreed to work together to deal with nuclear and missile issues of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
[Source: Xinhua, Tokyo, 24Apr14]
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