From: Andrew BEATTY [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 08:34 PM
To: Barnes, Desiree N. EOP/WHO
Subject: Travel pool report 9
One additional item from the White House.
Readout of the President’s Meeting with Prime Minister Shinzō Abe of Japan
President Obama met with Prime Minister Abe of Japan on November 19 in Manila on the margins of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings. The President thanked Prime Minister Abe for his leadership in helping to conclude Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and in combatting climate change, including the recent decision of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to restrict government financing for exports of coal fired power plants. The two leaders reviewed recent developments in the Alliance, and agreed on the importance of strengthening defense cooperation under the new Defense Guidelines as well as on moving forward with plans for the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan. The President commended Prime Minister Abe for his efforts to strengthen Japan’s ties with the Republic of Korea (ROK) and with China. President Obama noted the critical importance of a strong trilateral relationship among the United States, Japan, and the ROK to ensure peace and stability in the region. The two leaders reaffirmed their determination to work together and with other partners in Asia and the Pacific to strengthen the rules-based regional order, including by upholding the principles of customary international law, freedom of navigation and overflight, unimpeded lawful commerce, and peaceful resolution of disputes.