Ladies and Gentlemen, good morning, it’s a great honor and privilege to be here this morning alongside Special Advisor Terazawa, my good friend, as we announce taking our commitment to the Japan-U.S. Strategic Partnership to the next level.

And a special thank you to our distinguished Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, for your remarks and your contribution and racking up all those miles traveling all the countries, that demonstrates commitment more than anything else.

The U.S. economic foreign policy is built on partnerships and focused on global economic security. I feel proud to represent the U.S., with our partner Japan on this noble mission of bringing much more secure energy to power economic growth, to spur job creation, and enhance productivity, which all drives the standard of living and peace and prosperity in this region.

We understand the importance, particularly for countries in this region to have the capacity to exercise determination in the energy sector.

Through the Japan-U.S. Energy Strategic Partnership, agencies from both of our governments have increasingly partnered on training and capacity-building programs. And this is for sake of focusing human empowerment and enhancing that prosperity.

Just a few examples.

Together, we’ve made great strides strengthening LNG supply chains and market development, enabling U.S. and Japanese companies to deploy high quality natural gas to Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Mozambique.

Second, we’re also ramping up our joint effort, in terms of the Japan-U.S. Mekong power partnership that our Secretary Pompeo announced last August.

And, finally, and thanks to the generosity and commitment of the country of Japan, Japan is doubling down its investment and its contribution to an additional $10 billion dollars towards gas infrastructure development in this region.

And this will enhance our bilateral efforts to steer substantial resources to collaborate on strategic infrastructure projects.

The signing of this statement today recognizes our commitment to global economic security in the region and building a global trust network, based on shared values, for a free and open pacific.

Terazawa-son, I welcome your remarks and thank you again for your commitment and your great partnership.

Thank you very much.

U.S. Department of State

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