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After G7, Japan's Abe says no country benefits from protectionism

Reuters  |  QUEBEC CITY, Canada 

QUEBEC CITY, (Reuters) - Japanese Shinzo said on Saturday that no country benefits from protectionism, and that all measures should be consistent with rules, as he wrapped up a sometimes contentious summit with other leaders in

leaders on Saturday papered over cracks in their alliance at a summit in but came away with little more than an agreement to disagree as U.S. defiantly brandished his "America First" agenda.

said there were moments of "intense debate" during the meeting, which focused on trade.

Trump last week slapped tariffs on and aluminum imports from Canada, the and did not win an exemption from the and aluminium tariffs despite its close security alliance with the

Trump has also threatened to raise tariffs on Japanese auto exports, a move that Japan's automakers association criticized on Friday.

said that anxiety and dissatisfaction with globalization at times led to and intense confrontation between countries.

"But we must not turn back the clock," he said. "For the to have exchanges of measures that restrict trade will not be in the interests of any country," Abe said.

Abe also said the had expressed support for Trump ahead of his historic summit with North Korean leader Un in on Tuesday.

Abe reiterated that would be willing to provide economic aid for if the issues of its nuclear and missile programmes, as well as the matter of Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korean agents decades ago, were resolved.

"Of course, the problem of ... is not so easily resolved, but we hope this historic U.S.-summit will be a success and that progress will be made on the issues of nuclear, missiles and the abductees," he said. "wants to completely cooperate and support this."

Abe said he hoped the Trump-Kim summit made progress on the abductees issue, but added that ultimately that must be resolved by direct talks between and Abe has made a pledge to resolve the emotive issue of the abductees, kidnapped by Pyongyang's agents decades ago to help train spies, a pillar of his political career.

(Reporting by and in Tokyo; Editing by Nick Zieminski)

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 09:01 IST
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