China, Japan resume economic talks after years of hietus

Japan PM Abe back on the ropes as second scandal grows

US President Donald Trump hosts Japan's Shinzo Abe at his Mar-a-Lago resort Tuesday, with both men under pressure to deliver something more than bonhomie and birdies. A poor summit showing could further undermine Abe's position at home.

Koizumi also said the scandals that have gathered around Abe would impact Japan's Upper House election scheduled in 2019. "Obviously, the president has got a great relationship there, and it's going to be centred primarily on preparation for talks with North Korea as well as a lot of trade discussion is expected to come up".

US State Department spokeswoman Katrina Adams said Washington remained "committed to achieving the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula" and its commitment to the defence of South Korea and Japan was "ironclad". Much has changed since Abe's first visit in February 2017, just a month into the new Trump administration.

Abe's aides hope that the meeting with Trump will showcase the leaders' close personal relationship, as the two summits previous year did. Nikkei Asian Review reports that Japan has offered to lend China a hand with President Xi Jinping's "toilet revolution", a campaign to modernize the country's notoriously disgusting toilets.

Taro Aso, the finance minister and deputy prime minister, resisted calls to resign over the admission, a move that would have been politically fatal for Abe, analysts said.

Both are embroiled in controversies surrounding dodgy financial deals but, while Trump's poll numbers are holding up, Abe's have plummeted to record lows.

Tokyo fears the possibility of a separate deal at the upcoming meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un, when the North Korean side can agree to abandon the nuclear weapons carriers, capable to reach the main American territory, while small and medium-range missiles will remain out of this agreement. And worse, it was announced by a South Korean official. Worsening U.S. relations with Moscow also limit Abe's ability to negotiate a peace treaty with Russian leader Vladimir Putin-a project that has stalled as Russia's relations with Europe and the United States have worsened. The veteran leader said candidates of the party would not be confident if they were led by Abe. He also is expected to ask the USA leader to raise with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un the issue of Japanese abducted by North Korea. The turn in North Korea's policy, expressed by Kim's conciliatory remarks, is regarded in Tokyo as a result of the maximum pressure strategy against the DPRK, which Japan always supported.

One major concern in Tokyo is that a United States future deal with North Korea could result in Pyongyang retaining missiles which can target Japan.

China extracted around 150,000 tonnes of rare earths in 2016, according to experts, but has in the past restricted the supply amid political tensions. "The risk of a transactional "America First" foreign policy is that it plants doubts on allies as to whether joint interests will guide American strategy and actions", wrote Mireya Solis of the Brookings Institution.

Abe has said he "would quit as prime minister and lawmaker" if he or his wife were found to be involved in the land deal.

For the Japanese prime minister the conditions of the visit are unfavorable. "No third term for him as the party president", Koizumi, who was prime minister between 2001 and 2006, said in an interview published by the weekly magazine Aera on Monday.

As Sheila Smith of the Council on Foreign Relations wrote: "Both will want to spend time away from cameras, trying to resolve their differences and putting a strong statesman-like face on as they struggle through this increasingly fraught era".

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