Abe, Biden meet in Singapore to discuss Japan-U.S. ties

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met Friday in Singapore, with the Japanese leader seeking to strengthening bilateral ties following his ruling coalition's resounding upper house election victory.

The two happened to be in the city state at the same time as Abe is making his first trip abroad after the House of Councillors election and Biden is travelling to India and Singapore this week.

The Japanese and U.S. leaders were expected to exchange their views on regional affairs, with China a likely topic of discussion given its maritime disputes with Southeast Asian countries as well as Japan.

North Korea's nuclear and missile programs were also likely to have been discussed during the meeting.

Abe and Biden last met in Washington in February, when the Japanese leader held a summit meeting with his U.S. President Barack Obama.