Of course, as I explained, we haven't abandoned the TPP, and we are the leaders in fighting against protectionism. If Japan abandons it, it may be the end. I think Prime Minister Abe has a strong belief that he will continue patiently and seriously to talk to the United States. On this score, the U.S. administration is not yet fully formed, so we cannot foresee any future trade policy at this moment. In that sense, it is important to continue to talk with the United States and also with the other relevant countries, signatories to the TPP, to preserve the elements of TPP as it is or in another form. Continuing communication with other signatories, including Canada, is very important.
As for peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region, it was also encouraging that the meeting between Prime Minister Abe and Mr. Trump went very well. In the statement we distributed, a large part is dedicated to security. We are pleased that the importance of the Japan-U.S. alliance was strongly reconfirmed at the highest level. The United States reaffirmed its commitment to protect Japan, and also its presence in the Asia-Pacific region, which is the cornerstone for peace, stability, and prosperity in the region. We hope to enhance this alliance relationship.
Canada is also a Pacific nation. I have attended many defence policy reviews, symposiums, and seminars, and each time I have emphasized the importance of Canada to the Asia-Pacific region from a security point of view. I'm glad that Canada is going to have a presence this year in the Asia-Pacific region, as a neighbour. Security co-operation is one of the priority areas agreed upon between our two prime ministers. In that sense, together, the United States, Japan, and Canada, we hope to contribute to the peace, stability, and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region.