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Trump brings up trade deficit problem during Asian tour Updated: 2017-11-10 20:00:02 KST


Even before he embarked on his tour of Asia, the U.S. President stressed that trade and North Korea's nuclear provocations would be at the top of his agenda.
After he landed in Japan, receiving a warm welcome from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, he did not hesitate to bring up the topic of Washington's trade partnership with Tokyo.
President Trump said that the two countries need to do more to come up with a fair trade deal for both sides as the U.S. has suffered massive trade deficits with Japan.

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"We want fair and open trade but right now our trade with Japan is not fair and it's not open but I know it will be soon."

During his stay, Trump said the two leaders were also able to reach a deal where Japan will buy large amounts of American military equipment, which he referred to as the best in the world.
In South Korea, Trump stressed the importance of the South Korea-U.S. alliance, especially in tackling North Korea's acts of provocation.
He said that South Korea will be ordering more U.S. military equipment, which will help America to reduce its trade deficit and at the same time help both countries defend themselves from North Korea's threats.

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"..we have the greatest military equipment in the world. And South Korea will be ordering billions of dollars of that equipment, which, frankly, for them makes a lot of sense. And for us, it means jobs; it means reducing our trade deficit with South Korea."

During Trump's stay in China, President Xi Jinping announced that Beijing and Washington signed trade deals worth more than $253 billion U.S. dollars

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"..our relationship with you and China is a very important one to me, and to all of the people of our country. And just by looking at the tremendous, incredible job-producing agreements just signed by those major companies, we're off to a very, very good start."

After talks on trade, President Xi said that China is willing to increase imports of energy and farm produce from the United States, and that it hopes the United States will increase exports of technology for civilian use to China as well.

Kim Mok-yeon, Arirang news.
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