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Trump calls on Abe to abolish tariffs on U.S. farm produce, determined to reach agreement on bilateral trade talks
2019-05-07
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In a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 26 (April 27 Japan time) at the White House, U.S. President Donald Trump pushed Japan to end tariffs on U.S. agricultural products in the bilateral trade talks.

Trump expressed determination to reach an agreement, indicating a deal might be reached by late May.

Tokyo reiterated the need to proceed with the talks based on the joint statement issued by the two countries last September which stated that “with regard to agricultural, forestry, and fishery products, outcomes related to market access as reflected in Japan’s previous economic partnership agreements constitute the maximum level.”

The Japanese officials said there were no discussions between the leaders on the specific schedule for signing a deal, but Trump’s aggressive approach suggests the two nations will be engaged in hard-bargaining negotiations.

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