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able to access his twitter feed. all of these -- each different event, japan, south korea, china, incredibly scripted. we know where he's going to be, who he's going to talk to, where the state dinner is going to be, but what we can't play for and including none of these leaders and president xi jinping is each of these tweets. does he tweet something in japan that the chinese then need to take into account? and we need the people in china look to the president's twitter feed on what they should accounting? usually when we have these foreign trips everything is planned out, everything is kind of known ahead of time. we kind of know what to expect. but with this president he -- we don't really know what to expect because of that twitter feed. assuming his it people, christy,
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can make sure he has a vpn on his phone, he will have access to his twit otwitter feed. >> matt rivers reporting live for us from china. thank you. let's go back to tokyo. jim acosta is there. and jim, we've been look at live pictures of u.s. president donald trump being greeted there on the tarmac. we're awaiting his speech to u.s. forces there at the air base. and ahead of his arrival trump's aides have out lined the key goals of this trip. what does donald trump want to achieve in asia? >> reporter: christy, i just want to let you know if you're throwing a question to me and let our control room know, our behind the scene folks know, i do not hear our programming anymore. but, yes, president trump is expected to address u.s. troops any moment now. he just arrived a few moments ago as you saw with the first lady.
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and as you said, he's going to continue this warm relationship he had with the japanese prime minister shinzo abe. they are expected to after these remarks to u.s. troops just outside tokyo, they are expected to have a round of golf before having dinner later on tonight and the president spending the night here in japan. and then one more day in japan here in tokyo before he heads off to south korea. but as you were talking with matt rivers there a few moments ago, this whole issue of twitter, that is obviously something we're all watching hadch i remember being here with president obama in 2014. you know, president obama did not use twitter the same way that president trump uses it now. so we would read into president obama's speeches. we would read into his press conferences he would have with other leaders. he would occasionally give an interview, for example, with a local news outlet in whichever country he's visiting. and there may be some news in that. now we have to watch just about every moment of the day, our phones to see what the president
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decides to say or tweet. now, i will say there was a good deal of news coming from the president just a few moments ago when he arrives here in japan on air force one. we should let our viewers kboi, he did talk to reporters before landing here in tokyo. and it was during that exchange with reporters that he basically made some news and did not do it via twitter. he told reporters he does expect to meet with the russian president vladimir putin during this trip across asia. we think that's going to happen in vietnam where the apex summits going to be taking place. and the president made the comment one of the reasons why he wants to meet with vladimir putin is because of this issue with north korea, that he's looking for vladimir putin's with north korea. obviously, christy, because of the russia investigation that's going back on in washington, that isn't going to be the only story line when it comes to that
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image, when you finally see president trump and vladimir putin come face-to-face, that image is going to reverberate around the world. because obviously these are two men who, you know, you don't hear president trump talking about vladimir putin a great deal. and one of the things -- one of the criticisms of president trump that's come up time and again is that he just doesn't criticize vladimir putin very much. and that's always been treated somewhat of a curiosity ever since donald trump was handed over as president and now he's been in office. and because of the russia investigation ramping back up in washington, the issue of russia is going to be hanging over this president with this foreign trip. and i think it's going to make a great deal of news and be fascinating to watch because of that undercurrent that is really just a part of this administration day in and day out. what is happening with special counsel robert mueller's
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investigation, what is happening with those congressional investigations on capitol hill? to see vladimir putin and president trump come face-to-face, that may, in fact, be the news highlight of this trip, the biggest headline of this trip to see those two leaders coming together, christy. >> absolutely. fascinating optics to see president trump and putin side by side here in augsa. he's not left his political battles behind. after japan, donald trump will be heading to south korea. paula hancock joins us now from seoul. and paula, how strong is the u.s.-south korea alliance, and will they be able to work together closely in concert to reign in the threat posed by north korea? >> reporter: well, christy, we often hear just how long the
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u.s.-south korean alliance is. it's been since the korean war. and what we hear from officials and military officials, it trance snds any leader. it's not the relationship between the president of the united states or the president of the south korea. tathat is almost peripheral between thuliance itself. so i don't think anyone's expecting the alliance to suffer. but it is a good question. what is the relationship between president moon and president trump like? now, we hear from the blue house they have a strong relationship. we hear nothing but good things from this relationship. but it doesn't appear as strong as it is with the japanese prime minister, for example, or with the chinese president. trump certainly doesn't speak of president moon in such glowing termases he does with those two. and nen ma'am here, experts, pundits on local media are pointing to the fact he's spending two nights in japan, two nights in jaging but just
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one night here in south korea. there's a lot being read into that. but several people hear will want to hear from the u.s. president that the alliance is strong, that the u.s. has south korea's back. there has been a growing concern that if north korean leader kim jong-un is able to hit mainland united states with a nuclear tipped missile in the next year or so, then does that mean this nuclear umbrella that the u.s. has, the protection that south korea has enjoyed for so long, does that then disappear? if it's the decision between a u.s. city and protecting south korea, will the u.s. president turn his back on south korea? these are the concerns that people have here in south korea, christy. >> paula, thank you. u.s. president donald trump on stage with the first lady. he will address troops there.
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let's listen in. >> okay, everybody. mr. president, sir, i will tell you look great in that suit. but there's something missing. can i please ask the wing commander of the biggest baddest c-130 wing in the air force to come out here? >> should i put it on? [ cheers and applause ]
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i like this better. you can have my jacket -- thank you, thank you, honey. thank you. oh, boy, that's something. this is great group of people. thank you very much and general martinez, everybody, our brave troop said here in japan. and thank you especially, especially to all of the incredible service members. we're really here today and we're going to have a good time. and we're going to celebrate your achievements. so i'll issue one of your favorite commands. are you ready? at ease. just have a good time. melania and i also want to extend a special thanks to ambassador bill haggerty, who's
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doing an out standing job. he's an out standing person. i know him very well. believe me, you got one of the great ones. he's leading our embassy in tokyo. i'm honored to be here today, this beautiful country, home of the extraordinary people of japan. japan is a treasured partner and crucial ally of the united states. and today we thank them for welcoming us and for decades of wonderful friendship between our two nations. americans have deep respect and admiration for the people of japan, their amazing culture, their strong spirit and their very proud history. so on behalf of the united states of america, i send the warmest wishes of the american people to the citizens of this remarkable country. [ applause ]
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now i know how you guys feel. this is pretty good. our travels across asia will take us to many historic places to see many wonderful sights and to speak before many audiences. but there's no single place i'd rather begin my trip than right here with all of you, the incredible men and women of the united states military and your amazing partners, the japanese self-defense forces. thank you for being here. thank you. [ applause ] to everyone here today who serves your country in uniform thank you, thank you, thank you. we salute you.
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what's your rank? we're going to raise it. [ applause ] we salute you, we honor you, and we stand proudly with the men and women who defend us and our way of life. nations are built from the courage, love and sacrifice of patriots just like you. each of you inherits the proud legacy of generations of warriors that have walked these very grounds for more than seven decades. from the dakotas runways american pilots took the air and drove back the pilots during the korean war. tremendous bravery. from here they enforced a precious piece during a long and bitter cold war. and in the aftermath of the
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devastating 2011 tsunami, this base served as the launching point from the largest humanitarian relief effort in american history, which saved the lives of thousands of thousands of great japanese citizens. like those who came before you, you always rise to the occasion, and you never, ever let your country down. general martinez, general shirodi, general paskert, rear admiral fenton, brigadier general, general moss and chief sergeant green you lead the forces under your command with exceptional skill and devotion, and america is tremendously
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grateful to you. [ applause ] we're also very fortunate to stand alongside such strong and capable allies. general mojira, general mosi -- thank you for your leadership and service. thank you very much. on behalf of the american people i want each and every one of you both american and japanese to know your service and commitment keeps us all safe, strong and free. and also want to express our gratitude to the family members and loved ones who sacrifice so much to make your service
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possible. they are absolutely incredible people, and it's not easy. america is profoundly grateful for all you do. and we are back home starting to do -- i will tell you and you're reading and you're seeing -- really, really well. the stock market is at an all-time high. unemployment back in the united states is at a 17-year low. [ applause ] almost 2 million jobs have been added since a very, very special day. it's called election day november 8, 2 million jobs. that's a lot of jobs. and we've dealt isis one brutal defeat after another, and it's
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about time. [ applause ] it's really inspiring to see american airman and marines and -- yeah, i have a great marine here. general kelly, four star. did everyone ever hear of general kelly? he is something. now he's chief of staff, but he does like those four stars i will tell you that. but american airman in the marines and japanese self-defense forces, they're standing with us here today, side by side, confident, committed and more capable than ever. you instill confidence in the hearts of our allies, and you strike fear in the hearts of our enemies. it's the way it should be, isn't
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it? our alliance is a testament to the transformative power of freedom. today nations that once waged war now stand together as friends and partners in pursuit of a much better world. and we're getting there. we're getting there faster than you think. with your presence here today, shoulder to shoulder, you put hope into every soul that yearns for peace. all of you have made yokota one of the most capable operational bases in japan and actually anywhere in the world. for over a decade this incredible place has bn home not only to american service members but also to the air defense command of the japanese air self-defense force. today this base serves as a
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critical center for coordination, for american and japanese commanders to plan their missions. for almost 60 years the military alliance we see on this base has endured a cornerstone of sovereignty, security and prosperity for our nations, this region and indeed the entire world. today we pay tribute to that legacy. a legacy you protect and grow each and every day. we dominate the sky. we dominate the sea. we dominate the land and the space. [ applause ] not merely because we have the best equipment, which we do. and by the way, a lot of it's coming in. you saw that budget. that's a lot different than in the past. a lot of beautiful, brand new equipment is coming in. and nobody makes it like they
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make it in the united states. nobody. got a lot of stuff coming. use it well. but because we have -- more important than equipment, we have the best people. each of you embodies the warrior creed. your devotion, prowess and expertise makes you the most fearsome foi fearsome fighting force in the history of our world. together with our allies america's warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities, no one, no dictator, no regime and no nation should underestimate ever american resolve. every once in a while in the past they underestimated us.
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it was not pleasant for them, was it? it was not pleasant. we will never yield, never waver and never falter in defense of our freedom and our great american flag. that flag stands for the values of our republic, the history of our people, the sacrifice of our hero and our loyalty to the nation we love. as long as i am president, the service men and women who defend our nation will have the equipment, the resources, and the funding they need to secure our homeland, to respond to our enemies quickly and decisively. and when necessary to fight, to overpower, and to always,
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always, always win. right? this is the heritage of the american armed forces, the greatest force for peace and justice the world has ever known. free nations must be strong nations. and we welcome it with our allies from europe to asia renew their commitment for peace through strength. we seek peace and stability for the nations of the world including those right here in this region. and it's a great region. as americans celebrate veterans day this month we honor all who have sacrificed to make peace and stability possible. we pay tribute to every proud american who has worn the uniform and served our country. today many nations of the
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indo-pacific are thriving because of the sacrifices made by american service members and our allies and because of the sacrifices all of you continue to make each and every day. here in japan we have seen the amazing things that are possible when a people are free and in independent. over the course of a single lifetime the japanese people have built one of the most successful societies and nation in the world. over the next ten days we travel to south korea, china, vietnam and the philippines. we will seek new opportunities for cooperation and commerce. and we will partner with friends and allies to pursue a free and open indo-pacific region. we will seek free, fair and
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reciprocal trade. but this future is only within our grasp because of you. you make it possible for peace loving nations to thrive and for peace loving people to prosper. you are the reason the great american flag will proudly stand behind me wherever i go. and every time i look at that flag i will think of all the brave men and women like you and think of all the patriots throughout the generations who poured out their blood, sweat, tears, hopes and dreams to defend our country. when you follow our citizens and people across the indo-pacific
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region, see the flagoffs the united states and the states like japan be prod of your nation, be proud of your service, and be proud of the security you provide that makes it all possible. like your predecessors you a, o brave warriors are the last threats to people across the world. you are the greatest threat for people to live -- history has proven over and over that the road of the tyrant is a steady march towards poverty, suffering and servitude. but the path of strong nations and free people certain of their values and confident in their
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futures is a proven path towards prosperity and peace. we cherish our cultures, we embrace our values and we always fight for what we believe in. because of you the people of america, the people of japan and the freedom loving people everywhere are able to fulfill their duestinies and follow ther dream. and we are grateful for your families, for their sacrifice and support that allows our great brave men and women to support. we also appreciate the sacrifice of great dedicated civilians who keep this base going and take care of our military and their precious loved ones. we are eternally grateful for your service and for your sacrifice, and we are forever in your debt.
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i am so proud to be here with you today. we face many problems and many opportunities, and we will face all of them together as a team. and if we do, i am certain that the future for america, for japan and for your cherished allies has never, ever looked brighter. because of patriots like you, freedom will prevail. thank you. god bless you. god bless the armed forces, and god bless the united states of america. thank you. thank you all. >> u.s. president donald trump speaking live at yokata air base in tokyo, japan. you saw him switch out that suit jacket for a flight jacket.
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he said, quote, no one should underestimate american resolve. he thanked u.s. troops and also thanked japan. he called japan a crucial ally of the united states. and he said this, quote, there is no single place i would rather begin my trip than with the incredible men and women, with the united states military and our incredible partner, the japanese military. jim acosta, he is there and joins us again. president trump took the stage there. there were resounding cheers. he got kitted out in that flight jacket and he went onto address nations like japan. what are your thoughts in that address? >> reporter: no question he want to deliver a commander in chief style speech and that's what he did. we've been talking about the president's trip, and before he landed here in tokyo one of the questions was, you know, what kind of rhetoric would he employ
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while he was on the ground in this region. and it seems like the president is going to at times engage in this tough talk to send a message to north korea. at one point during the speech he said, quote, we dominate the sky, we dominate the sea, we dominate the land and space, he said, of enemies who have underestimated the united states in the past, he said, quote, it was not pleasant for them. he wasn't calling kim jong-un rocket man or threatening to destroy north korea like he did in that speech to the united nations back in september. but i do think this speech was at times designed to be something of a warning to north korea, that the president of the united states is on the ground in this region and he's not going to tolerate any provocations coming from kim jong-un. you see the president shaking hands with service members here in japan.
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i think one of the other things that stood out to me, christy, and you here this from the president back home in washington, he very much wants the american people to give him credit for this growing economy. you heard it there in that speech just a few moments ago. he was touting the american economic record with those troops. he was also talking about it on air force one with reporters. there's one comment that stands out to me. this is quote that he said according to recorders on air force one. he said, quote, the reason our stock market is so successful is because of me. i've always been great with money, end quote. and so the president i think is trying pretty hard in the face of some pretty tough poll numbers. this are some of the toughest poll numbers we've seen for a president this early on in an administration in decades saying, hey, i deserve more credit than what i'm getting here. and he seems to be making that
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case almost on a daily basis back in washington and here in his remarks in asia he's making those remarks again. >> it was interesting to hear the president talking about the stock market at an all-time high while addressing american troops, talk about unemployment at a 17-year low and also addressed the defeat of isis. is he going to use this overall visit to asia to appeal to audiences back in the u.s.? >> reporter: absolutely. i think, you know, there are going to be times during this trip, christie, where he's going to be talking over us. he's going to be talking over whichever country he's in at that moment, and he's going to be speaking to americans back at home. he not only has a lot of people in the middle, a lot of moderates, a lot of independent americans concerned about the direction of his presidency. he has got to keep that base at home. and with this russia
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investigation unfolding day after day, drip after drip, shoe dropping after shoe dropping he understand as that investigation goes, so does his presidency. and that's why he's trying to make the case again and again the economy is doing well under his administration. i think a lot of what we're going to be focused on is the threat posed by north korea. i think that is why you heard the president engaged in some of that tough talk here. but, again, we've talked about this before, how does he calibrate that language as he travels throughout the region? as you were speaking with our colleagues earlier, not everyone country in the region wants to hear that bellicose rhetoric. and south korea doesn't go over as well. so the question is going to be does he calibrate that language when he gets to south korea? but in the meantime he's making
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it very clear he has have a very clear relationship with the japanese prime minister shinzo abe. we think we'll see pictures of them playing golf, and they'll have dinner later tonight. one of the things that's divided is president trump pulled the united states out of the transpacific partnership initiated by barack obama. it'll be interesting to see how the two handle that when they come face-to-face tomorrow. i suppose that issue could come up. no question about it, christie, i think this issue of north korea is just going to be there stop after stop throughout this foreign trip. the president is going to have to deal with that question on almost a daily basis. i also think it was interesting as the president was landsing here in japan he was telling reporters on air force one, yes it looks like he's going to be meeting with vladimir putin. one would have thought perhaps
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out of caution the president wouldn't have wanted that image, that optic out there. he was telling reporters on air force one as he was landing here, he'd like to have that help of vladimir putin when it comes with dealing with north korea. and it looks like in a matter of days we'll have that image of president trump, vladimir putin here in the next several days. >> north korea, and even the ongoing russia probe, both issues will be looming large for the president during his ongoing visit in the region. he used that phrase, a quote, free and indo-pacific region. that's been causing people to raise some eyebrows here. that was out lined for one of the key goals. is that as it pertains to trades or territorial disputes? how is that going to play out?
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>> reporter: what we've seen, christie, so far with this president is he's essentially decided to take barack obama's vision for trade with this part of the world and kind of smash it and start over again. he is not a fan of these multilateral large trade deals like the transpacific partnership. he'd rather see individual trade deals with these countries in this region. he's talked about that with south korea. he's talked about using trade as leverage with china in terms of dealing with north korea. and kind of the reason you're hearing the president tout his economic record is this was very much top of mind for him on air force one when he was asked by reporters, what does xi jinping have an upper hand when it comes to the discussion you'll have with the chinese president when you get to beijing, and the president was shutting down that
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line of questioning saying, no, no, no i'm doing well with xi jinping. and that's probably not the case. xi jinping is probably the most powerful leader of china -- but the president wants to make the case with all those sagging poll numbers. >> we will continue our live coverage frf president trump donald trump's landmark visit to asia. keep it here on cnn. for my constipation,
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welcome back. you're watching cnn special coverage of u.s. president donald trump's trip to asia. first stop japan where he landed earlier in the hour. he has already spoken to u.s. troops on the ground there. and u.s. president donald trump will visit not just japan but fivation countries over the next couple of weeks. and we know tensions are on the rise in the region as the country insists on its trade. let's bring in a former director of research at j.p. morgan chase. thank you so much for joining
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us. first want to ask you about that address we just heard from president trump. because while he was speaking to u.s. troops in tokyo trump called japan a crucial ally of the u.s., you know, it also seems that donald trump and shinzo abe have a very close personal friendship. in a few hours they'll be playing golf together. is this going to be a good visit for president trump there in japan? >> i think absolutely. you know america and japan are linked at the hip. if you look at the economic relationship, it's absolutely amazing how strong the cooperation between japan and the united states. let me just point out for japanese companies almost a quarter of their corporate profits come from exporting or producing in the united states of america. so japan is very dependent on the united states. and as a result prime minister abe is very focused on making this relationship the best in the world.
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>> trump and abe are expected to act in lock step together, you know, in terms of their messaging on a host of issues especially north korea, right? it is a strong alliance. but what about the people of japan? do they support where trump is taking policy on issues that affect their nation? >> i think the answer is yes. and i can say that with great confidence because as you know just a couple of weeks ago we had a big general election. and prime minister abe on his agenda of being pro-america of being aligned with president trump's foreign policy particularly against north korea, they did win here a two thirds super majority. so i think it's quite clear, yes, by hook or by crook the japanese people fully stand behind america. >> now, trade will of course be on the agenda as prime minister abe sits down with president trump. how is the needle going to move in terms of trade between these two nations?
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>> the trade relationship is very, very interesting. i mean basically there are no big issues out there. but, you know, whether america and japan can agree to at least sit down to negotiate a free-trade agreement just between the two nations- because as you know jufan was very focused on multilateral negotiations on the trance pacific partnership here, now switching gears towards a bilateral one, that's going oo be a bit more complicated and probably take a bit more time. >> and more on the tpp, president trump haworned if the united states was going to back out of the tpw, a void would be created and filled by china. has that in fact happened? >> so far it has not happened. as crow know japan and new zealand and australia have tried to keep the trance pacific
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partnership going without america. but so far the peoples republic of china has not made any constructive agreement. and the good news now with president trump and prime minister abe actually meeting, i do think economics is going to be on the agenda and perhaps turbocharging the japan-america free trade possibilities. i think that's going to be one of the items. >> thank you so much and take care. now with u.s. president trump in japan, let's look at his other stops of what will be the long-est presidential trip in asia since 1992. he heads next to south korea. he's kpelkted to have expanded and bilateral meetings there before heading off to beijing. he's tour with president xi jinping, and then he heads to vietnam are for the apex summit.
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we're covering president trump's aksa trip from all angles with our paula hancock standing by in south korea. and matt rivers is in china. ask you're there to put sort of the focus on the trade relationship between the u.s. and china. how is that going to play out once president trump touches banging is? >> reporter: for all the justified attention being played to north korea, the other big reason that he's coming to asia is trade. and the united states and china trading relationship is potentially the most important bilateral relationship in the world. right there behind me you can see that's american soybeans. that's soybeans that were grown in america, sent to china. and that's incredibly important to people who live in the middle of the united states. that's american livelihoods
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right there. and that's what's at stake here when the u.s. and chinese leaders get together that has been a trading relationship that has seem to have the potential to have punitive measures enacted on both sides. you heard donald trump say he believes china has taken advantage of the united states. and he has talked about things like tariffs, he's talked about investigating china for illegally dumping steel into the u.s. economy. so what will he do about it? will this meeting with xi jinping maybe persuade him not to do something about it because maybe they can come to some agreement on trade? it's inkredsably important when we're talking about trade in this sense because we're talking about inlibelihood of people in china and in the united states. if china were to take retaliatory measures on the united states, that's the kind
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of consequences we're talking mubtch and that's why negotiations between both of these sides are really impactful and really important. >> absolutely. because at stake american jobs, evaluations of certain kmaechls. a lot at stake here. will china play along? >> you know, that has been the trump administration's goal since he got into office, frankly. and in the way that other administrations have not been willing to do, donald trump has at least stated rhetorically he'd be willing to link the issues of trade and north korea. so if he gets the feeling china isn't doing what he wants them to do, isn't taking the kind of steps going far enough with pyongyang that he wants, after this meeting is he willing to take punitive measures with
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china when it comes to trade? he hasn't done that so far. you actually expect the relationship with china to be better than expected given what trump said during the trail, but china says that's the only way to move forward here, the only way to really solve this problem. and whether this meeting can actually break the stalemate that has existed between the united states and china in terms of their different viewpoints on how to solve this crisis, we're just not sure. both leaders know where their positions are, but so far really since the beginning of the trump administration has been a stalemate. >> matt rivers reporting for us china. thank you. now, let's bring up paula hancock. and paula, back to that speech
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he gave a few moments ago, he said, quote, no one should ever underestimate the u.s. resolve. it seemed to be a pretty pointed remark aimed at north korea. how would that be interpreted in south korea, and are south korean officials bracing for even more tough comments from the visiting u.s. president? >> reporter: yeah, christie, i think it's fair to say that everybody is expecting more tough talk potentially off-the-cuff remarks, potential tweets that could anger north korea. but this was an interesting line he had. no dictator, no regime, no nation should underestimate ever the american resolve. so it certainly appears a very ninly veiled reference to north korea, the fact north korea should take the alliances seriously. what south korea wants to hear from the u.s. president is that the u.s. is firmly behind south
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korea. they want to know the relationship is in no way damaged, no way lessened because north korea is in potentially months or years able to physically threaten main lpd united states as well. this is a very important issue for the south koreans. in fact to the point where we're hearing further calls for south korea itself to have its own nuclear weapons. a recent gallop poll felt that 60% thought it was a good idea. you have opposition poll saying they think it's important for south korea to have its own nuclear program rather than relying on the u.s. program. it was on a fringe of political life a year ago because it was considered really on the fringe. so there are some -- many concerns from south korea's point of view. what will the relationship between president moon and president trump be like? it's well-known it's not quite as strong as it is with prime
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minister abe of japan. it's not that close friendship you see a strong guarantee the alliance is as it should be and no requests for additional money, for troops being based here and something donald trump said in the past. not recently and to know that alliance is strong. >> seeking reassurances for donald trump as he visits the nation in a couple of days. u.s. president trump arriving and air force one landed outside of tokyo and even before he was arriving, he was tweeting saying can't wait to be with our great military. mr. trump received a rousing welcome from the troops and had kind words for japan. >> japan is a treasured partner and crucial ally of the united states and today we thank them
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for welcoming us and for decades of wonderful friendship between our two nations. americans have deep respect and admiration for the people of japan. their amazing culture and strong spirit and their very proud history. >> from trade to north korea, he kicks off his tour of asia and joining sus analyst and columnist josh roggin. thank you for joining us. trump kicked off the visit to asia and gave the rousing speech to delighted troops in tokyo thanking troops and thanking japan for the crucial reliance between the two countries. your thoughts on the speech if you had a chance to follow that and how it plays into the wider objectives in the region. >> two key things, first of all, what president trump did was unveil the strategy for the
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region. he called for a free and open indo pacific region. that's a theme you will see throughout the trip especially what they are hailing as a major speech alongside the apex. what it's meant to is redefine the chess board in asia on american terms. a failed asia pivot by the obama administration. the details will be in an indo pacific strategy review that will be after the president gets back to the united states. that's the policy framework. this is about japan and not only the closest ally.
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they have the same view of the need to pressure and not sit down for talks at this time. they agree on the basic view of china and the region at large. they don't agree on trade, but that's a separate issue. this is the easiest stop for president trump. it gets more difficult from here. this is the they gave him to get off to a good start. >> japan will be a good visit for president trump and get a lot trickier as he navigates the tricky issue of north korea. in that speech, trump made an interesting comment and said on foes, it was not pleasant for them. it has been interpreted as the indirect warning of north korea. will he articulate further?
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>> that's a specific but toned down message to what they said at the un speech. the key example will be when trump addresses the national assembly in seoul in a couple days's time. they have been highly vetted and run through an agency process to make sure everywhere in the trump administration is on the same page. when he gets in front of the cameras, he will be asked anything that the reports want to ask and say whatever he wants to say. there in lies the risk. when he gets in, all bets are off. >> an unpredictable president and he is visiting in a time of much tension given north korea
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and what have you heard about the attempts to manage the president and his messaging during this visit? >> i think you have seen it in the managing of the schedule. for example, after some very quiet objections from the south korean government and people in the u.s. state department and the trump white house decided not to take a visit to the zone between north and south korea and that was seen as a safeway to avoid one of the riskier parts of the trip if trump said something egregious. there have been parts to minimize the amount of time he gets to speak off the cuff. there is nothing he can do. he gets too biz tow tweet which is a good thing. they keep his schedule packed. donald trump is going to be donald trump. what they are telling allies and what they are saying is listen, don't take these things too seriously. he's going to say something nuts or crazy, but that's just trump
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being trump. that's the message you have for general mcmaster and people are getting used to it in a way. you are able to have a real policy process and strategy discussion and what the president said in tweets and they operate on parallel track. people are getting used to it and that's forever in the trump administration for sure. >> thank you. thank you to the viewers in the u.s. and around the world for joining us for coverage of president trump's arrival in japan and asia. stay with cnn as we cover this major landmark trip from the u.s. president. ive, i'm alive ♪ ♪ i'm alive, i'm alive ♪ ♪ i'm alive, i'm alive ♪ alive! gives you more vitamins and minerals than leading brands. because when you start with more, you own the morning. alive! but he hasoke up wwork to so he took aleve. if he'd taken tylenol, he'd be stopping for more pills right now. only aleve has the strength to stop tough pain
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