US President Donald Trump begins Asia tour, lands in Japan

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Speaking to reporters on the plane, he disclosed he would probably be meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin during the tour. The president joined Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan on Sunday and Monday, enjoying a casual burger lunch and golf - and discussing the nuclear crisis.

Trump has rattled some allies with his vow to "totally destroy" North Korea if it threatens the United States and his dismissal of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a "rocket man" on a suicide mission.

US President Donald Trump said after landing in Asia for his longest official foreign trip, he believed the improvement of the US bilateral trade relations with China was necessary, Sputnik reported.

A report by the Congressional Research Service released last month estimates that as many as 25 million people on either side of the border, including more than 100,000 US citizens, could be affected by an escalation of a military conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

Recent drills over South Korea by two United States strategic bombers have further raised tensions. They can help us with Syria. It was not pleasant for them, was it?' said Trump, who wore a leather bomber jacket as he addressed the troops. These lawmakers are also keen to make it clear that President Trump can not unilaterally attack North Korea without Congressional authorization.

Renegotiating South Korea's bilateral free trade agreement with the USA, dubbed KORUS, is likely be high on the agenda during the Trump-Moon summit.

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His administration also planned to take a different approach to dealing with the issue after years of what he termed "total weakness", although he did not give any details.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his USA counterpart Donald Trump are set to discuss a Syria settlement at an Asian economic summit in Vietnam next week, RIA news agency reported Saturday.

Last year, USA goods and services trade with China totalled an estimated $648.2 billion, according to the figures of the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

When playing out hypothetical war scenarios in case armed conflict were to break out, the Pentagon "estimated the potential number of dead in South Korea at 20,000 each day", retired general Rob Givens told the Los Angeles Times.

'There is only one way that this war ends.

South Korea now pays more than 900 billion won ($800 million) annually and negotiations with the United States are to start in the coming months to try to determine a new amount for South Korea to contribute. Trump has criticized the deal as a source of the USA trade deficit with South Korea, an argument officials there dismiss.