Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/26/2014 (3 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Despite failure, Obama reminds Japan of defense commitments

Failing to clinch a trade deal with Japan, which is crucial to both his intended strategic pivot to Asia as well as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic reforms, President Obama headed next to South Korea. The next stop on his four-nation Asian tour, Obama wishes to remind South Korea about the U.S. commitment to curbing the North's nuclear ambitions.

Obama assured PM Abe that Washington was committed to coming to Japan's defense. It further solidified the U.S. stance that a set of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, at the heart of a territorial dispute between Japan and China, are covered by a security treaty that obliges Washington to defend Japan.

Obama assured PM Abe that Washington was committed to coming to Japan's defense. It further solidified the U.S. stance that a set of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, at the heart of a territorial dispute between Japan and China, are covered by a security treaty that obliges Washington to defend Japan.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/26/2014 (3 months ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Japan, President Obama, trade deal, defense


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Obama and Abe's meeting was to confirm the show two countries' alliance in the face of a rising China. The occasion was spoilt by the failure to reach a deal seen as very important to a broader regional trade pact.

The nations had ordered their top aides to make a final push to reach a trade agreement after the leaders met earlier this week. Economy Minister Akira Amari told reporters that gaps remained despite recent progress.

Check out our fine selection of Bibles -- by going here!


"This time we can't say there's a basic agreement," Amari said. The two leaders extensive talks had failed to settle differences over farm products and cars. "Overall, the gaps are steadily narrowing."

The two sides said in their statement that they were committed to taking "bold steps" to reach a deal, which would reinvigorate the delayed 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact.

Providing few details, a senior U.S. trade official said the two sides achieved a breakthrough on market access.

"There are still details to be worked out. There is still much work to be done . We believe we do have a breakthrough in our bilateral negotiations," the senior official said, who was accompanied Obama to South Korea.

The TPP is high on Abe's economic reform agenda and central to Obama's policy of expanding the U.S. presence in Asia.

Obama assured Abe that Washington was committed to coming to Japan's defense. It further solidified the U.S. stance that a set of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, at the heart of a territorial dispute between Japan and China, are covered by a security treaty that obliges Washington to defend Japan.

Beijing responded hotly, claiming sovereignty over the Japanese-controlled islands, known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China. Japanese and Chinese patrol ships have been playing cat and mouse near the islands, and Washington is wary of being drawn into any clash.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said China had "serious concerns" about some of the statement.

"We urge the United States and Japan to abandon their Cold War mentality and respect the concerns and interests of other countries in the region and avoid further interference with regional peace and stability," he said at a regular news briefing.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


ę 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

More than 100 Chinese Muslims killed in Xinjiang in 'terror attack' Watch

Image of The violence was described as a

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Nearly 100 people are now dead or wounded in a clash in Xinjiang, home to China's mostly Muslim Uyghur minority. Authorities have described the tragedy called a "terror attack" on a police station and township. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to ... continue reading


Pope Francis to beatify 124 Koreans during August visit Watch

Image of Pope Francis plans to beatify Korea's first martyr, Paul Yun Ji-chung, as well his 123 companions in his visit to South Korea in August.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis plans to beatify Korea's first martyr, Paul Yun Ji-chung, as well his 123 companions in his visit to South Korea in August. Paul Yun Ji-chung along with his companions were killed for their faith in the 19th Century. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Sinister Smartphone app lets teenagers to have casual sex with strangers Watch

Image of The Smartphone app Tinder, popular in Australia, leaves many teenagers vulnerable to sexual predators who lie about their age in their profiles.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Teenagers down under in Australia are using a popular smartphone app, called Tinder to arrange for sexual encounters with strangers. Although the application has an age restriction of 13 years and older, Tinder lets users to "like" or "pass" on fellow users' ... continue reading


China begins vaccine devolopment with a BANG! Watch

Image of Japanese encephalitis is a disease caused by the mosquito-borne Japanese encephalitis virus. The Japanese encephalitis virus has an incubation perioid of 5 to 15 days.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

China is expected to begin exporting a manufactured vaccine for Japanese encephalitis by early 2015 to needy Southeast Asian countries. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The vaccine is intended to protect children in those poor countries from the deadly virus.You ... continue reading


India battles to contain 'brain fever' as death toll approaches 570 Watch

Image of Floods also lead to the contamination of water sources such as wells, leaving many people with no option but to use the same dirty water for both drinking and washing.

By Nita Bhalla, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Almost 570 people in India have died after contracting encephalitis, commonly known as "brain fever," health authorities said on Friday, warning the death toll may rise further. (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Outbreaks of both Acute Encephalitis Syndrome and ... continue reading


India's secret suicide epidemic! 2013 saw more than 150,000 deaths! Watch

Image of Men are twice as likely to commit suicide as women in India, based on a study of suicide cases from 2013.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Men in India are twice as likely to commit suicide according to an Indian government agency which is responsible for collecting and analyzing crime data. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In 2013, 134,000 people committed suicide in India, and two thirds were men ... continue reading


Typhoon caused 47 deaths in plane crash in Taiwan Watch

Image of A typhoon in Taiwan caused a plane to crash, killing 47 and injuring 11.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A TransAsia Airways turboprop plane crashed on an island off the coast of Taiwan as it attempted a desperate emergency landing during a typhoon on July 23. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Of the 58 passengers aboard the plane 47 were killed and 11 were injured ... continue reading


NATIONAL DISGRACE: India is home to one in three of all forced child marriages Watch

Image of In rural Indian villages, there are very real concerns about the safety of girls. If a girl is married off early, the strained logic is that her husband can protect her. She is treated as property.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's a national shame for Southeast Asia's economic powerhouse: One in all three forced child marriages in the world is in India. It's a regional shame as well, as a new UNICEF study has proved almost half of all child marriages are in South Asia. LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


Men outnumber women in India, Nepal and Bangladesh new study says Watch

Image of The ratio of women to men in India continues to decrease, a new report from the United Nations says, and it is expected to continue to decrease in the future.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A United Nations report, released on July 22, says that India needs to take urgent action following a sharp decline in its child sex ratio. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The "Sex Ratios and Gender-Biased Sex Selection: History, Debate and Future Directions" ... continue reading


DEATH INDUSTRY: Pakistan's stone crushing factories take toll on workers Watch

Image of Lack of dust control systems at stone-crushing factories mean silica dust will also affect people in nearby areas. In fact, most crushing units are located in or near residential areas.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Any type of industry in developing nations are usually seen as good things, but this is not always the case. Pakistan's stone crushing factories, which exist far and away from any sort of regulatory and safety laws, claim the lives of many of its laborers. Dust ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 18:1-6
1 The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh as ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 146:1-2, 2-4, 5-6
1 Alleluia! Praise Yahweh, my soul!2 I ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:47-53
47 'Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 31st, 2014 Image

St. Ignatius Loyola
July 31: St. Ignatius was born in the family castle in Guip˙zcoa, Spain, ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter