GLOBE AND MAIL – Japan eager to meet with Trudeau on trade, energy, security

OTTAWA — The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 5:29PM EDT
Last updated Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 5:30PM EDT

Japan is eager to talk to Canada about moving forward on some important trade, energy and security projects, so it hopes Justin Trudeau will attend next month’s G20 and APEC summits.

Kenjiro Monji, Japan’s ambassador to Canada, said the two summits would provide a good chance for Trudeau to meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a face-to-face sidelines conversation. The G20 and the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summits are talking place in Turkey and the Philippines the same week, starting Nov. 16.

Japan is especially keen to move forward on the Trans-Pacific Partnership — the massive 12-country Pacific Rim trade deal that covers 40 per cent of the global economy, Monji said in an interview Wednesday.

So far, Trudeau has committed to attending only one of the four major international gatherings taking place in the coming weeks — the Paris climate change summit in early December.

“It is important that our leaders meet as soon as possible,” Monji said.

A White House statement on Monday’s telephone call between Trudeau and U.S. President Barck Obama said they discussed “the need to move forward with implementing the high standards” of the TPP.

“I was encouraged to see … in the telephone conversation between Mr. Trudeau and President Obama they agreed in principle on the importance of the TPP,” said Monji.

“I understand that Liberals are traditionally free trade people. So I hope that the new government will approve the TPP.”
Abe also wants to bend Trudeau’s ear on some non-TPP matters, including starting a steady long-term supply of liquefied natural gas from British Columbia’s coast to his country, as well as some potential military co-operation.

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