Japan’s Abe in Front with US Trump at Back against North Korea


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) and U.S. President Donald Trump are seen in the Presidential Limousine as they depart from Trump International Golf club in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., February 11, 2017, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) and U.S. President Donald Trump are seen in the Presidential Limousine as they depart from Trump International Golf club in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., February 11, 2017, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

In its report titled “A hastily called news conference caps a surreal day for Trump in South Florida”, Washington Post says that US President Trump held a 2-minute news conference to denounce North Korea’s missile test, but it was Japan’s Abe who played the leading role.

Abe was the first to speak. According to Washington Post, he says:

•“North Korea’s most recent missile launch is absolutely intolerable.”
•“North Korea must fully comply with the relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions.”
•“During the summit meeting that I had with President Trump, he assured me that the United States will always [be with] Japan 100 percent, and to demonstrate his determination as well as commitment, he is here with me at this joint press conference.”

Trump, however, only said, “I just want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent.”

North Korea conducted the test to threaten the US, but Trump shifted the threat to Japan, i.e. he meant that Japan should play the leading role in dealing with North Korea.

That shows the major change he has brought to US foreign policy: US allies instead the US shall play the leading role in defending themselves. The US will only stand behind them. Japan and other US allies shall be fighting in front while the US shall be supporting them at their back like what President Roosevelt did before Pearl Harbor—selling weapons to Britain and the Soviet Union to support them in fighting Hitler?

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Washington Post’s report, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/02/12/a-hastily-called-news-conference-caps-a-surreal-day-for-trump-in-south-florida/?utm_term=.b55d7175c926&wpisrc=nl_most-draw16&wpmm=1.

I find the news conference funny and hope that my comment entertains readers.

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2 Comments on “Japan’s Abe in Front with US Trump at Back against North Korea”

  1. Simon says:

    There will come a time when China fire the first shot and America will not intervene. That might even be the reality now. All Trump has to say is he does not believe China fired first because he does not trust the version of event his own country’s media are reporting.

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  2. Steve says:

    2017 has another 10.5 months left for Trump and his cabinet to demonstrate their administrative prowess in making America great again either by hook or crook. It’s all about seeking benefits in protectionism and globalisation. A miscalculation will lead to war in the Baltic states with Russia and the SCS with China should Pentagon pursue a more aggressive FONOPs.

    As for Abe being a Japanese leader, what really shines is his ghostly behaviour, after all he is the grandson of a ‘class A’ grandfather who was imprisoned for suspected war crimes. Abe has a powerful ghostly nature worshipping the ghost shrine. People with ghostly behaviours refuse to admit faults, hideous and lacking compassion. What is wrong is right and seeking falsehood.
    It is the Japanese generations that will suffer the consequences of deceit and lies due to the conniving and heartless leadership of Abe, should war erupt across the ECS

    Due to Japanese misbehaviour and aggressive tone in the SCS and ECS, China’s military and coastguards are aggressively patrolling the boundaries, Chinese fishermen activities has increased in the ECS and China’s mining and resources are drilling close to the maritime limits. So far Japan has being reluctant to chase away Chinese fishermen close to Diaoyu islands to avoid an accidental flare up and neither has the Japanese navy intervened.

    Joe Biden says as long as China do not fire the first shot, US will not intervene, But, will China terrorise the ECS and force the Japanese to fire the first shot.?

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