Japan PM Abe set for European trade and security trip
Published on Apr 28, 2014 8:12 PM
TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leaves on Tuesday for a six-nation European tour, hoping to move ahead on trade talks and possible security deals at a time when China is flexing its muscles.
The premier's nine-day visit, which will take him to Germany, Britain, Portugal, Spain, France and Belgium, comes less than a week after Japan hosted US President Barack Obama on a state visit.
Despite high hopes, Tokyo and Washington failed to find common ground on a Pacific-wide free trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
A year ago, the European Union and Japan launched their own trade talks aimed at boosting business between the continent and the world's number three economy, a tie-up that would account for about 40 per cent of global trade.
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