The relationship between Asian Pacific countries and the United States received considerable attention from the Obama administration. President Barack Obama wanted the United States to play a key role in the ASEAN Summit where countries from South East Asia meet to discuss regional issues. The United States has also become involved in tensions regarding the South China Sea, trying to act as an independent and impartial broker. The current president has stated on several occasions that the United States is a Pacific country. However, the winner of the presidential election has views that are different from those of Barack Obama. Despite not knowing what future relations with the United States will look like, countries in the region extended warm congratulations to Donald J. Trump. After the result of the election, Asian Pacific leaders made public their continued interest in a strong relationship with the United States.
Japan’s Prime Minister Schedules a Meeting with Donald J. Trump
The presidential election in the United States is over and the winner is Donald J. Trump. World leaders were waiting with anticipation for the political contest to be over in order to get a sense of where the United States is headed in terms of foreign policy. The two nominees presented different views of the role the United States should play in the world. Now that the election is over, Asian Pacific leaders are scheduling talks with president-elect Donald J. Trump.
According to a government official, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has already spoken to Donald J. Trump over the telephone. During the call, Shinzo Abe talked about the importance of the alliance between Japan and the United States. Also, the Japanese Prime Minister reiterated Japan’s commitment to cooperation between the two countries.
Yoshihide Suga, the Chief Cabinet Secretary of the Japanese government said that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President-elect Donald J. Trump are going to meet in New York next week. The government official said that the meeting “marks a very good start for building trust.”
During their telephone conversation, Shinzo Abe and Donald J. Trump talked about general issues such as ensuring stability and peace in the Asia-Pacific region. However, they did not discuss more specific points such as the trans-Pacific trade partnership or the cost of having American troops stationed in Japan.
South Korea and Hong Kong Congratulate Donald J. Trump
South Korea has said that President-elect Donald Trump made a promise to maintain the strong alliance between the two countries. The President of South Korea had a 10-minute telephone conversation with Donald J. Trump on Thursday. According to the office of the South Korean president, Donald J. Trump expressed his views that North Korea is a very unstable country. He said that the United States “will be steadfast and strong with respect to working with (South Korea) to protect against the instability in North Korea.”
The leader of Hong Kong has also congratulated Donald J. Trump on his victory in the US election. Leung Chun-ying is the Chief Executive of the financial hub that enjoys a semi-autonomy from mainland China. In a statement, Leung Chun-ying said that Hong Kong “looks forward to further deepening our links with the U.S.”
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