Trump criticizes Japan's 'one-sided' trade deals with US

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/11/6 21:48:40

US President Donald Trump took aim at Japan on Monday for what he described as one-sided trade deals.

Trump made the remarks at a consortium of US and Japanese business leaders ahead of his summit meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"Japan has been winning on trade in recent decades," Trump said, adding that he wanted to push for more reciprocal trade between the two countries in a friendly way.

Japan had a $69 billion trade surplus with the US last year, according to the US Treasury Department.

Political watchers said they believe that Abe would once again sound out Trump and the US about rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.

To this end, Trump again dismissed the TPP idea, having pulled the US out of the pact soon after his inauguration in January.  He said on Monday the (TPP) free trade agreement "was not the right idea."

The two found common ground in exerting more pressure on North Korea. They reaffirmed their commitment at a joint press conference in Tokyo.

Trump and first lady Melania also had an audience with Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace on Monday.

The US president will leave Japan on Tuesday for South Korea, before traveling to China and then to Vietnam and the Philippines.

Xinhua

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