Abe to visit Trump

09.02.2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will pay a visit to the US President Donald Trump in Washington, the Japanese government said Tuesday. The diplomatic mission will last from Thursday till Monday and will be dedicated to strengthening US-Japanese relations.

Unifying factor

The common factor between the US and Japan is the Chinese question. China is a historical geopolitical rival of Japan in the region. However, US-Chinese relations are more complicated. The economic cooperation between the two world powers can be titled Chimerica as a symbiosis of Chinese and US globalist interests. Obama while he has threatened China by showing off the power of US navy near China, has not swayed from the basic concept of Chimerica. Donald Trump however is in favor of America First policy and will tend to escalate the US-China relations. This of course interest the official Japan.

The future of the US-Japan relations

Abe seeks Trump’s approval for Japan to gain more sovereignty and increase its own military power.  

Shinzo Abe is on his third term as the prime minister of Japan. He wants to turn Japan into an independent country, which plays a big political and economic role. Over the last 20 years the Japanese economy has been in stagnation. Abe does a lot of things to reestablish the prestige of Japanese forces. He established a ten-year plan of military policy of Japan. He has also signed an expanded agreement with the US, according to which Japan undertakes a big role. 

Abe seeks Trump’s approval for Japan to gain more sovereignty and increase its own military power.  

Trump’s position on this can be hinted by his tweets before he was US president. "Japan is better if it protects itself against this maniac of North Korea," Trump told CNN in March. "We are better off frankly if South Korea is going to start protecting itself ... they have to protect themselves or they have to pay us." Trump even tweeted that Japan may poses its own nuclear force.  The other variant is that the USA geopolitical needs may require it to increase the military presence, however economical and ideological reasons may lead Trump to endorse Japanese sovereignty. Abe came to the US mainly to make progress in the US-Japanese relations.