Japanese PM Shinzo Abe lands in US for talks with US President Barack Obama at White House

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in the US for a White House meeting with President Barack Obama.

He arrived at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington where he will meet Mr Obama later today.

Mr Abe is seeking to reinforce the longstanding US-Japan alliance at a time of high regional tension.

The tensions are stoked by a Japan-China territorial dispute and a North Korean nuclear test.

Professor Jeff Kingston from Temple University in Tokyo said the China-Japan dispute could be the focus of the talks

The two leaders are also expected to discuss economic ties.

In addition, the Obama administration will be gauging Japan's intent to join a trans-Pacific trade agreement that is under negotiation.

Mr Abe is the fifth Japanese prime minister during Mr Obama's time in office.