arrived in Japan for a state visit that will make him the first world leader to meet the country’s new emperor.
Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived Saturday aboard Air Force One after a 14-hour journey. The president was h
eading to a dinner with business leaders at the US Ambassador’s residence in Tokyo after a brief airport welcome.
The visit is part of a continuing charm offensive by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo
Abe that analysts say has spared Japan from far more debilitating retaliatory action by Trump.
The president has refused to lift the threat of slapping potentially devastating US
tariffs on imports of Japanese autos and auto parts on national security grounds.
US tariffs against Japanese aluminum and steel remain.
four decades has been a blessing to not only our two countries, but the whole world,” said Cui Ti
ankai, Chinese ambassador to the US, in his remarks during the awards presentation.
“And the essence of the 40-year story is amity between the peoples, which lays the foundation for
and shapes the future of our relations,” he said, adding that the stories shared by peoples from the two cou
ntries through the My China Album series will always “be a source of inspiration and motivation for us”.
Hundreds of US citizens participated in the series from Feb 6 to April 19, sharing their personal stories about China thro
ugh photos and captions. Ten of the participants were recognized for their genuine and touching stories.
“I was so honored to win first place in this year’s My China Album,” said
Max Horne, an incoming Harvard University freshman who visited Yunnan province years a
go and studied the Naxi culture, a local ethnic group. “There’s endless culture for us to appreciate.”