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日美同意重启TPP部长级谈判

2014-04-25    来源:新华网    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

U.S., Japan leaders vow to enhance bilateral ties

日本首相安倍晋三24日与到访的美国总统奥巴马在联合新闻发布会上表示,日美两国同意继续就跨太平洋战略经济伙伴协定(TPP)进行部长级谈判,努力就关键问题尽快弥合分歧并达成协议。

由于日美在TPP谈判中仍未达成协议,因此两国未能在首脑会晤后如期发表共同声明。对此,安倍表示,日美两国贸易谈判代表将在24日晚些时候继续就TPP谈判中未解决的问题进行讨论,并计划在“得出结论后”发布联合声明。他表示,将和奥巴马一道敦促两国谈判人员加快双边贸易谈判进程。

奥巴马表示,在农产品及汽车的市场准入条件等关键问题上,日美两国已经“接近达成协议”。

据此前日本媒体援引谈判方的消息称,日本在大米、小麦、白糖、奶制品、牛肉和猪肉等产品进口关税上的态度,是导致两国未达成协议的分歧点。此外,美国希望尽可能长时间保持对日本汽车的进口关税,这也对两国达成共识构成阻碍。

此前,日本经济财政大臣甘利明表示,由于在农产品和汽车的市场准入条件等关键问题上仍存在较大争议,日美不会在两国首脑会晤上就TPP达成广泛双边共识。

Visiting U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday vowed to enhance bilateral ties and agree to continue their talks on the U. S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade talks.

Obama, saying in the summit with Abe, commented the U.S.-Japan alliance as the "foundation" for not only the U.S. security in Asia-Pacific region, but also "for the region as a whole."

The president also welcomed Japan's efforts to lift its self- imposed ban on right of collective self-defense, despite the move goes contrary against Japan's current war-renouncing constitution.

By exercising the collective self-defense rights, Japan could counter attacks on Japan's ally even when Japan itself is not being attacked.

As to the TPP, Obama said in the joint press conference that the free trade talks should benefit the U.S. consumers and companies, adding the two countries are "closer to deal" on market access in TPP.

Japan and the United States are at odds over Japan's reluctance to remove its tariffs imposed on U.S. agricultural products, while the United States called on Japan to lift all tariffs on rice, wheat, pork and beef, sugar and dairy, which Japan sees as its key items, so as to conclude the free talks at an early date.

The president, furthermore, said that limited access to Japanese market must be addressed under TPP.

For his part, Abe said that the two sides have agreed to seek an early conclusion of the TPP free trade talks and they would release a statement after ministerial talks on TPP later the day.

Abe said that the two leaders' summit has vitalized the Japan- U.S. alliance and they will expand cooperation in the defense area.

The two countries also agreed to work together with South Korea and China to deal with nuclear and missile issues of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), with Obama mentioning that the United States may put more pressure on the DPRK.

Obama said that current situation in Ukraine should be resolved through diplomacy, rather than a military solution.

The U.S. president also urged Japan and China to tackle their territorial disputes through dialogue and not to escalate tensions, adding the United States and China shared a broad range of common interests and it supports China's peaceful development.(新华网)



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