German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R ) and  Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands during the opening event of   the Cebit, one of the world largest trade fairs , in Hannover, Germany, on March 20, 2017. Photo: Yomiuri Shimbun
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R ) and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands during the opening event of the Cebit, one of the world largest trade fairs , in Hannover, Germany, on March 20, 2017. Photo: Yomiuri Shimbun
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Merkel-Abe meeting contrasts an awkward DC visit

Merkel called for closer EU-Japan ties, while Abe warned against protectionism

March 21, 2017 4:55 AM (UTC+8)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greeted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Monday in Germany, following her first state visit to the US last week. Merkel voiced support for a swift conclusion of a trade deal between the EU and Japan, while Abe expressed concern about a global trend towards protectionism. The contrast between her interactions with Trump and those with Abe were as striking in terms of imagery as they were in words. Needless to say, Abe appeared perfectly happy to shake the chancellor’s hand.

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