Abe, Trump To Hold Summit On Monday

Abe, Trump to hold summit on Monday

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump will hold their 11th summit on Monday. They are expected to discuss trade, North Korea, and next month's Group of 20 summit.

Regarding trade, Abe is unlikely to go farther than to confirm with Trump their intention to speed up bilateral talks, and outline Japanese investment in the US. The two countries remain divided in trade negotiations.

Trump looks eager to reduce the US trade deficit with Japan. He took to Twitter on Sunday to indicate that he will delay pressuring Japan for a trade deal until after Upper House elections this summer. But he also suggested that he is expecting to win a major compromise from Japan.

Abe will likely discuss with Trump how to cope with North Korea. The country fired short-range ballistic missiles earlier this month amid its stalled denuclearization talks with the US.

Trump tweeted on Sunday that the missile launches did not disturb him. He also indicated that he hopes the North does more toward denuclearization to restart a dialogue with the US.

Abe is expected to ask Trump to fully cooperate in efforts to resolve the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korean agents.

Abe is also likely to call on Trump to work together with Japan on the main agenda items for the Group of 20 summit in Osaka next month.

The issues will include reducing plastic waste in the Earth's oceans, and encouraging free trade through such measures as reforming the World Trade Organization.

Abe and Trump are also likely to exchange opinions on China, Russia, and Iran. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Japan for the G20 summit.

Abe and Trump met last month in Washington and will meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit. It is extremely rare for the leaders of the two nations to hold a summit over three consecutive months.

Trump arrived in Japan on Saturday. He joined Abe in a round of golf, and watching sumo at an arena in Tokyo on Sunday. They had dinner with their wives at a Japanese-style pub in the capital later in the day.

Trump will also meet Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako on Monday morning, the first foreign head of state to do so following the Emperor's May 1 accession to the throne.