Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump have reaffirmed that they will work together to urge China to play a constructive role in the fields of economy and security.
The 2 leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina on Friday.
Trump said, "Japan is buying large amounts of our fighter jets, F-35s and others, and we appreciate it very much. But they are really working with me on trying to balance our deficit, because we do have a deficit that's pretty substantial with Japan. We hope that we are going to be balancing it very quickly."
Trump also said he was honored to be invited to Japan for the Imperial succession next year.
Abe said, "The alliance between Japan and the United States has become more robust than ever."
The 2 leaders agreed on the importance of fully implementing UN Security Council resolutions to achieve the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. They also reaffirmed that they will cooperate to deal with North Korea's offshore ship-to-ship transfers of goods, which violate UN sanctions.
They confirmed that they will further expand trade and investment between Japan and the US, as stated in their joint statement in September.
They also reaffirmed that they will work toward realizing economic development in "a free and open Indo-Pacific" region.
Abe and Trump later had their first trilateral summit with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They reaffirmed close cooperation to strengthen the free and open Indo-Pacific initiative to guarantee the rule of law and freedom of navigation.