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Aso, Pence vow to deepen Japan-U.S. economic ties

Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and U.S. Vice President
Mike Pence agreed Friday to deepen economic and security ties between
the two countries.

Speaking to reporters after their meeting at the White House,
Aso said he told Pence that he wants to cooperate with him in
deepening bilateral economic ties and strengthening the Japan-U.S.
alliance.

Aso said the two governments will discuss ways to further
promote the economic relationship through high-level economic
dialogue that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump
agreed to launch during their talks the same day in Washington.

The new dialogue between the world's biggest and third-largest
economies will be headed by Aso, who doubles finance minister, and
Pence.

Aso congratulated Pence on his inauguration as vice president on
Jan. 20, as well as his contribution to promoting relations with
Japan when he was governor of Indiana.

Pence told Aso that Japan is a close U.S. ally, and that the
Trump administration wants to deepen bilateral relations in the
economy, security, culture and other areas, according to the Japanese
Foreign Ministry.

Pence was quoted by the ministry as saying he supports
high-standard rules in trade and investment, and that it is important
to create conditions for both countries to grow their economies. (Feb. 10)