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Biden hints Japan needs to compromise for TPP free trade deal

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden suggested Tuesday the countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks must seek a "comprehensive" accord that overcomes their differences and Japan needs to compromise on sensitive subjects such as auto and agriculture. "We need a comprehensive agreement that involves longstanding differences between the U.S. and Japan, including issues like agriculture and automobiles," Biden told a joint press conference after meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo.

Roundup: Abe, Biden agree to address ADIZ concerns in coordinated manner

Roundup: Abe, Biden agree to address ADIZ concerns in coordinated manner TOKYO, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden held talks here Tuesday as part of Biden's week-long trip that will also see him visit China and South Korea at a time when tensions in the Asia Pacific regions, due to territorial disputes and air demarkation zones, are rising.

Biden urges Japan to open auto, farm markets

US Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged Japan to step up efforts to open its auto and farm markets in order to conclude a huge regional free trade deal. Biden, who is in Tokyo on the first leg of a three-nation tour of Northeast Asia, held talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before a ministerial meeting on the ambitious deal in Singapore this weekend. "To state the obvious, for the countries involved, the decisions and compromises that need to be made are very sensitive and very difficult," Biden said following the talks.

Commentary: U.S. risks huge loss in Asia-Pacific if Japan keeps drifting to far right

by Liu Chang BEIJING, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- As U.S. Vice President Joe Biden embarked on his weeklong East Asia trip on Sunday, analysts wondered if he was aware of his country's higher stakes in the region caused by Japan's increasingly rightward shift. During his visit in Beijing more than two years ago, Mr. Biden unexpectedly dined at a small Chinese restaurant for traditional local snacks.

Biden calls for tough choice to strike Pacific trade deal

Thousands of ageing farmers took to the streets of Tokyo Tuesday, underscoring opposition in Japan to an ambitious free trade deal, as US Vice President Joe Biden called on countries to make "tough choices". Biden, who is in Tokyo on the first leg of a three-nation tour of northeast Asia, said negotiators had their shoulders to the wheel in an effort to thrash out the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before a self-imposed deadline of year-end. "Our negotiators are working around the clock, full speed ahead," Biden told the Asahi Shimbun ahead of his trip.

Biden in Tokyo amid 'dangerous' China tensions

The United States is "deeply concerned" about China's new air zone, Vice President Joe Biden said before meetings Tuesday with Japanese leaders eager to shore up US support in their bitter tussle with Beijing. Tokyo said it was confident of getting US backing for opposition to what it called an "extremely dangerous" move by Beijing, which has claimed the right to issue orders to aircraft over a swathe of the East China Sea, including disputed islands.

VP Biden in Tokyo on first leg of 3-nation tour aimed at showing US still focused on Asia

TOKYO - U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden has opened a weeklong trip to Asia aimed at showing the U.S. is still committed to increasing its engagement and influence in the region. Arriving in Tokyo late Monday evening, Biden was met on the tarmac by Caroline Kennedy, the new U.S. ambassador to Japan. He started his morning Tuesday by having coffee with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who is staying in the same hotel as the vice-president.

US calls on China to scrap air zone procedures

The United States Monday urged Beijing to scrap new aviation arrangements set up by its new air defense zone which Washington has denounced as confusing and likely to increase the risk of accidents. "Our general position as a US government is that we don't accept China's requirements," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki reiterated.

Biden to meet Japan leaders amid China tensions

US Vice President Joe Biden will meet Japanese leaders Tuesday, with Tokyo hoping for some fulsome backing in its vicious territorial spat with China. Biden arrived in Tokyo late Monday on the first leg of an Asian tour that will also take him to Beijing and to Seoul. It comes as tensions in the region are at their highest for years, with China and Japan squaring off over a chain of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.

Biden to arrive for talks with Japan PM amid China air zone concerns

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will arrive in Tokyo Monday night for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with plans to confirm further bilateral coordination over China's newly declared air defense zone covering a group of disputed islands. Ways to deal with the Chinese air defense identification zone, which overlaps a similar perimeter set up by Japan over parts of the East China Sea, are expected to take center stage during the meeting between Biden and Abe on Tuesday afternoon.
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