It was a four-day visit filled with pomp and ceremony, a round of golf and even some sumo wrestling. But, behind the warm and friendly relationship between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump lay tensions over such issues as trade, the DPRK and Iran.
CGTN’s Terry Terashima has more in this report from Tokyo.
To discuss all of this:
- John Sitilides is a geopolitical strategist and consultant to the U.S. State Department.
- Einer Tangen is political and economic affairs commentator based in Beijing.
- Shihoko Goto is the deputy director for geo-economics and a Senior Northeast Asia Associate at the Wilson Center.
- Yoshikazu Kato is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Hong Kong’s Asia Global Institute and a Research Fellow at the Charhar Institute.
'In the tumultuous age of Trump where relations between Washington and traditional American allies have frayed, #Japan has established itself as the single most important ally for the #US in the region,' wrote Satohiro Akimoto ahead of Trump's Japan visit. https://t.co/OXU6DpKzAq
— IISS News (@IISS_org) May 28, 2019
Trump restrained himself during his visit to Japan by not pushing Abe on trade, Yuki Tatsumi tells @VOAnews. “For Trump to suggest that any trade deal will be after August was a good political gesture for Abe.” https://t.co/JFE6687Ecp
— Stimson East Asia (@Stimson_EAsia) May 28, 2019