Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Pence to visit mosque in Indonesian capital

Pence to visit mosque in Indonesian capital

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, left, is seated with Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo at the Istana, or Indonesian presidential palace, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Pence's two main goals are to spur increased US access to Japanese markets and strengthen Japanese foreign investment, they said.

"The loss of US participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership was a blow to Japan following strenuous negotiations, especially over opening its long-protected farm sector to more imports, especially of dairy and meat products". U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, left, meets with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia Thursday, April 20, 2017.

"Most concerning is the fact that the USA trade deficit with South Korea has more than doubled since the KORUS came into effect".

Indonesia is on President Donald Trump's trade hit list, and USA company Freeport-McMoran Inc., which operates the world's largest copper mine in the Indonesian province of Papua, is in a protracted dispute with the Indonesian government.

In talks with Aso, Pence was expected "to push for greater access to Japan's markets for U.S. companies, and for more Japanese investment in the U.S.", Anthony says. He said that the dialogue could lead to formal talks on a U.S. -Japan trade agreement, but that he would leave that decision to the future. It is his first trip to Asia as vice president.

After meeting with Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, he says Indonesia and the USA are both democracies and share the same values.

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But the meetings could indicate how forcefully the USA will pressure Japan to further open its farm and automotive sectors.

Pence said, "We appreciate the challenging times in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocations from across the Sea of Japan".

Abe said Japan hoped for peaceful dialogue with Pyongyang, "but at the same time, dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless and it is necessary for us to exercise pressure North Korea so that it comes forward and engages in this serious dialogue".

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is wrapping up his visit to Japan with a stop at a youth baseball and softball event outside Tokyo.

Pence was having lunch with Abe at the prime minister's official residence after arriving in Japan earlier in the day for the second stop of a 10-day Asia tour.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is making a pitch for President Donald Trump's economic policies, telling U.S. and Japanese business leaders that a tax overhaul and cut in regulations will help business on both sides of the Pacific. He previously visited South Korea, where he emphasized the Trump administration's "resolve" on the North Korean nuclear threat, a theme he revisited in Japan as well.

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