Japan PM Abe: Stable U.S.-China relations crucial for global economy

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a bilateral meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump (not pictured) during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday stable relations between the United States and China are “very important” not just for these economies, but for the sake of the global economy.

“I hope there will be good results from U.S.-China trade negotiations that will help stabilize the global economy,” Abe told a news conference after a G7 summit in Biarritz, France.

“We will guide economic policy with an eye on the impact (the U.S.-China trade tensions) could have on Japan’s economy,” he told the news conference broadcast in Japan.

Abe also said he agreed with U.S. President Donald Trump to speed up work to aim for signing a bilateral trade deal by the end of September.

Reporting by Leika Kihara; Editing by William Mallard