Original title: the US and Japan invested 70 billion capital in India? Japanese media: targeting China
[Global Times special correspondent Guo Weimin Lu Zhou] On the 13th, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a 1-hour and 10-minute meeting with Vice President Burns at his official residence, and agreed to cooperate to build a "free and open Indian Ocean Pacific" with an investment of up to $70 billion in infrastructure assistance to the region. Japan's Nikkei Shimbun said the move was aimed at China, which is increasingly intensifying its maritime activities. However, (as Japan is seeking coordination with China), Japan and the United States inevitably have a temperature difference in their policy towards China.
After the talks, Andouble and Burns held a 17 minute press conference. In the live broadcast of the Japan Broadcasting Association television station, Global Times reporters saw that Abe first stressed that "careful policy consultation with Burns reflects the strong ties between Japan and the United States alliance". Subsequently, Burns turned to trade and complained that "trade imbalance between Japan and the United States has a long history" and that Japan has barriers to the U.S. product and service industries. Kyodo said the negotiations on the US Japan trade agreement will be launched in January next year. Burns said he hoped the agreement would become a "model agreement for India and the Pacific region".
Burns announced at a press conference that the US government is considering providing up to $60 billion in infrastructure assistance to Indo-Pacific countries, and that Japan's investment in the region has reached $10 billion, bringing the total amount of aid to the two countries to $70 billion. Samuel Abe and Burns confirmed in their talks that the two sides should promote a "high-quality infrastructure" partnership under the Indian-Pacific strategic framework and strengthen cooperation in the field of energy and digital economy, the Maternal Economics News said Wednesday.
"Japan Economic News" said Wednesday that Burns mentioned the biggest purpose of his Asia-Pacific trip that day, that is to make it clear to the outside world that "the Trump government will participate in the Indo-Pacific region forever and will not waver." Burns not only wants to promote cooperation between Japan and the United States, but also will win over Southeast Asian countries in Singapore.
At a press conference on the 13th, Burns said, "There is no hegemonism or aggression in the Indo-Pacific region". According to Shimbun, this shows a clear confrontation with China. However, in terms of China policy, Japan and the US have already generated temperature differences. On the sensitive bilateral economic and trade issues, the differences between the two sides can hardly be bridged, leaving the seeds of conflict.
According to Kyodo News Agency analysis, Burns said at the press conference that the scope of negotiations on the Japan-US trade agreement not only includes trade in goods, but also involves investment and services, which is obviously different from Japan's position that the negotiations are limited to trade in goods. Trump's continued pressure on trade issues has not changed, and Japan is bound to face very difficult negotiations.
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