Prime Minister Abe makes second visit to US President Trump

Global Business

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump are meeting at U.S. President’s Florida golf course this weekend.

CGTN’s Owen Fairclough reports.

Prime Minister Abe makes second visit to US President Trump

Abe comes with a more valuable gift than the gold golf club he gave Trump on his last visit, a pledge to help create American jobs with investment in a huge infrastructure plan. It may be enough to keep relations out of the rough.

The two countries are steadfast allies. And if the best deals are made on the fairways, this visit should be uncomplicated.

Golf diplomacy runs in Shinzo Abe’s family. His grandfather, prime minister Nobusuke Kishi teed off against U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower. 60 years later, the current Japanese prime minister will do the same with Donald Trump at the U.S. President’s Florida resort.

Abe is visiting Japan’s most important ally, their mutual defense pact forged after they fought each other in the World War II.

Abe was the first foreign leader to meet Trump after his election victory and was only the second to visit him at the White House.

But those free and fair rules are the sticking point. Trump’s protectionist America first trade policy is problematic for free trading Japan. He’s pulled the U.S. out of a Pacific free trade deal while accusing Tokyo of devaluing its currency to benefit its exporters at the expense of U.S. firms who want to sell in the other direction.

Ralph Winnie discusses the expectations surrounding the Trump and Abe meeting

To understand the mission of Abe’s visit with President Trump and what both parties expectations are in the meeting, CGTN’s Rachelle Akuffo spoke to Ralph Winnie, director of Global Business Development and the Eurasian Business Coalition’s China Program.