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FILE PHOTO: Papua New Guinea's then Prime Minister Peter O'Neill makes an address to the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia
FILE PHOTO: Papua New Guinea’s then Prime Minister Peter O’Neill makes an address to the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne/File Photo

May 27, 2019

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Political turmoil in Papua New Guinea threatened to delay a $13 billion plan to double the country’s gas exports, sending shares in one of the project’s partners, Oil Search Ltd, down nearly 4% on Monday.

PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said on Sunday he would resign after weeks of high-level defections from the ruling party. Sir Julius Chan, twice a former premier, would take over as the government’s leader, O’Neill said.

Political instability is not unusual in Papua New Guinea and has not held back mining and energy investments in the resource-rich country, however protests over benefits failing to reach rural areas have dogged the government and project owners.

It was not clear whether Chan could command a majority in parliament when it resumes on Tuesday.

“We will not choose him. It’s a really bad choice,” opposition lawmaker Allan Bird told Reuters in a text message.

“We want a complete break from O’Neill (and) Chan is just a proxy for O’Neill,” he said.

Chan said on Monday he had been approached by both the government and the opposition to take the role.

“This is not a position I am seeking,” he said in a statement. “However, I love Papua New Guinea, and there is a desperate need right now to unite the country … and to make the wealth of this country work to the benefit of the people of this country.”

O’Neill had resisted calls to resign for weeks but his opponents said on Friday they had rallied enough support in parliament to oust him over a range of grievances, including a gas deal agreed in April with France’s Total SA.

The deal with Total set the terms for developing the Elk and Antelope gas fields, which will feed two new liquefied natural gas (LNG) production units at the PNG LNG plant, run by ExxonMobil Corp.

At the same time, ExxonMobil and its partners are planning to build a third new unit at the PNG plant, to be partly fed by another new gas field, P’nyang.

Credit Suisse analyst Saul Kavonic said the political upheaval could put pressure on the government to negotiate tough terms for the P’nyang gas agreement, which is yet to be finalised, and affect talks on development costs.

“Both these factors heighten the risk of delay,” he said in a note to clients.

Any delays in the P’nyang agreement could hold up a final investment decision on the PNG LNG expansion, which is set to double the plant’s capacity to 16 million tonnes a year.

The uncertainty sent shares in Oil Search, a partner in PNG LNG and Papua LNG, down as much as 3.9% in early trading on Monday. Energy stocks rose 0.6%.

ExxonMobil and its partners had hoped to begin basic engineering planning for the expansion by mid-2019 and make a final investment decision in 2020.

They are racing against projects in Mozambique, Qatar, North America and Australia to produce LNG from the expansion by 2024 to fill an expected gap in the global LNG market. ExxonMobil and Total both have LNG projects elsewhere that could take priority if PNG politics delays them, Kavonic said.

RBC analyst Ben Wilson said he did not think a final investment decision in 2020 was at risk yet and played down the threat that the PNG opposition would seek to renegotiate the LNG agreement.

“Sanctity of contract is critical to ongoing investment in PNG and to the success of future potential sovereign bond issuances,” Wilson said.

Total and Oil Search representatives were not immediately available to comment.

(Reporting by Tom Westbrook and Sonali Paul; Editing by Paul Tait)

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FILE PHOTO: Worker stands next to robotic arms welding pump truck part at a factory of the Foton Loxa Heavy Machinery Co in Zhangjiakou, Hebei
FILE PHOTO: A worker stands next to robotic arms welding pump truck part at a factory of the Foton Loxa Heavy Machinery Co in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, China May 24, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

May 27, 2019

BEIJING (Reuters) – Profits earned by China’s industrial companies contracted in April after a sharp rebound in the previous month, adding to concerns about the already slowing economy in the wake of a recent escalation in Sino-U.S. trade tensions.

Profits in April dropped 3.7% year-on-year to 515.4 billion yuan ($74.80 billion), the National Bureau of Statistics said on its website on Monday, compared with a 13.9% surge in March.

For the first four months of 2019, industrial profits dropped 3.4% on an annual basis to 1.81 trillion yuan.

Industrial firms’ liabilities grew 5.5% from a year earlier to 63.87 trillion yuan by end-April, compared with a 6.5% rise at the end of the first quarter.

The data covers large companies with annual revenues of more than 20 million yuan from their main operations.

($1 = 6.8907 Chinese yuan renminbi)

(Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk; Editing by Sam Holmes)

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FILE PHOTO: Worker stands next to robotic arms welding pump truck part at a factory of the Foton Loxa Heavy Machinery Co in Zhangjiakou, Hebei
FILE PHOTO: A worker stands next to robotic arms welding pump truck part at a factory of the Foton Loxa Heavy Machinery Co in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, China May 24, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

May 27, 2019

BEIJING (Reuters) – Profits earned by China’s industrial companies contracted in April after a sharp rebound in the previous month, adding to concerns about the already slowing economy in the wake of a recent escalation in Sino-U.S. trade tensions.

Profits in April dropped 3.7% year-on-year to 515.4 billion yuan ($74.80 billion), the National Bureau of Statistics said on its website on Monday, compared with a 13.9% surge in March.

For the first four months of 2019, industrial profits dropped 3.4% on an annual basis to 1.81 trillion yuan.

Industrial firms’ liabilities grew 5.5% from a year earlier to 63.87 trillion yuan by end-April, compared with a 6.5% rise at the end of the first quarter.

The data covers large companies with annual revenues of more than 20 million yuan from their main operations.

($1 = 6.8907 Chinese yuan renminbi)

(Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk; Editing by Sam Holmes)

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FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Morrison speaks to the media as he arrives at the Horizon Church in Sutherland
FILE PHOTO:Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media as he arrives at the Horizon Church in Sutherland in Sydney, Australia, May 19, 2019. AAP Image/Joel Carrett/via REUTERS

May 27, 2019

By Colin Packham

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will visit the Solomon Islands next week, two sources familiar with the plans said on Monday, as Western nations seek to rein in China’s influence on the tiny Pacific island.

With the United States and its allies keen to ensure China does not increase its foothold in the Pacific, protecting diplomatic recognition for self-ruled Taiwan has emerged as a flashpoint in regional ties.

“China is the Solomon Islands’ largest trading partner and this is adding a lot of pressure on lawmakers to switch allegiances,” said Jonathan Pryke, Pacific Islands program director at the think-tank, the Lowy Institute.

The Solomon Islands is one of a handful of Pacific countries to recognize Taiwan, a policy now in question after recent elections. China views as Taiwan as a renegade province with no right to state-to-state ties.

On Friday, a senior U.S. official said Washington would help Pacific countries in the face of China’s attempts to influence them.

Those remarks threaten to inflame tension between the U.S. and China already heated by their trade war, U.S. sanctions and China’s increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea.

Morrison’s first overseas trip since winning re-election this month will also be the first time an Australian prime minister has visited the Solomon Islands since 2008.

SOFT POWER

Australia and China have been vying for influence in sparsely populated Pacific island countries that control vast swathes of resource-rich oceans.

Keen to undercut China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Australia has directed ever larger amounts of its foreign aid to the region.

In 2018, Australia said it would spend $139 million to develop undersea internet cable links to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, amid national security concerns about China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.

That year, Australia became the first country to ban the world’s largest maker of telecom network gear from its nascent broadband network, a step the United States followed this year by effectively banning U.S. firms from doing business with Huawei.

In November, Australia offered Pacific countries up to A$3 billion in grants and cheap loans in build infrastructure, as Morrison declared the region was “our patch”.

Australia has won favor through its spending commitments but its support of its dominant coal industry is a sore point for many in the region.

“There is little doubt that many Pacific islands will have been unhappy with the re-election of Morrison,” said Peter Chen, a political science professor at the University of Sydney. “He will need to find common ground to repair that relationship.”

($1=1.4438 Australian dollars)

(Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Morrison speaks to the media as he arrives at the Horizon Church in Sutherland
FILE PHOTO:Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media as he arrives at the Horizon Church in Sutherland in Sydney, Australia, May 19, 2019. AAP Image/Joel Carrett/via REUTERS

May 27, 2019

By Colin Packham

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will visit the Solomon Islands next week, two sources familiar with the plans said on Monday, as Western nations seek to rein in China’s influence on the tiny Pacific island.

With the United States and its allies keen to ensure China does not increase its foothold in the Pacific, protecting diplomatic recognition for self-ruled Taiwan has emerged as a flashpoint in regional ties.

“China is the Solomon Islands’ largest trading partner and this is adding a lot of pressure on lawmakers to switch allegiances,” said Jonathan Pryke, Pacific Islands program director at the think-tank, the Lowy Institute.

The Solomon Islands is one of a handful of Pacific countries to recognize Taiwan, a policy now in question after recent elections. China views as Taiwan as a renegade province with no right to state-to-state ties.

On Friday, a senior U.S. official said Washington would help Pacific countries in the face of China’s attempts to influence them.

Those remarks threaten to inflame tension between the U.S. and China already heated by their trade war, U.S. sanctions and China’s increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea.

Morrison’s first overseas trip since winning re-election this month will also be the first time an Australian prime minister has visited the Solomon Islands since 2008.

SOFT POWER

Australia and China have been vying for influence in sparsely populated Pacific island countries that control vast swathes of resource-rich oceans.

Keen to undercut China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Australia has directed ever larger amounts of its foreign aid to the region.

In 2018, Australia said it would spend $139 million to develop undersea internet cable links to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, amid national security concerns about China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.

That year, Australia became the first country to ban the world’s largest maker of telecom network gear from its nascent broadband network, a step the United States followed this year by effectively banning U.S. firms from doing business with Huawei.

In November, Australia offered Pacific countries up to A$3 billion in grants and cheap loans in build infrastructure, as Morrison declared the region was “our patch”.

Australia has won favor through its spending commitments but its support of its dominant coal industry is a sore point for many in the region.

“There is little doubt that many Pacific islands will have been unhappy with the re-election of Morrison,” said Peter Chen, a political science professor at the University of Sydney. “He will need to find common ground to repair that relationship.”

($1=1.4438 Australian dollars)

(Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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FILE PHOTO: MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Arizona Diamondbacks
FILE PHOTO: May 13, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli (29) looks on during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks t Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

May 27, 2019

The Pittsburgh Pirates will call up right-handed prospect Mitch Keller ahead of their doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.

Keller, the Pirates’ top pitching prospect, has gone 5-0 with a 3.45 ERA over nine starts for Triple-A Indianapolis this season and was scheduled to start for that club in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday. Keller, 23, will start the second game in Cincinnati, the Pirates announced in a tweet on Sunday.

A second-round pick by the Pirates in 2014, Keller has a 34-17 record with a 3.06 ERA over six minor league seasons. Injuries to starters Trevor Williams, Jameson Taillon and Chris Archer have left the Pirates hurting for pitching — though Archer returned to the rotation on May 15.

When Keller does take the mound, he won’t be throwing to Francisco Cervelli. The Pirates placed their starting catcher on the 7-day concussion list after he took a broken bat to the facemask during Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

This is the third straight season in which Cervelli has suffered a concussion, and he has a long history of dealing with them.

Cervelli, 33, is batting .193 with a homer and five RBIs in 34 games this season. Elias Diaz (.250 entering Sunday) will be the primary catcher during Cervelli’s absence. Pittsburgh also recalled catcher Jacob Stallings and infielder-outfielder Jose Osuna from Triple-A Indianapolis, while designating utility man Jake Elmore for assignment.

–After leaving Saturday’s start after just three batters, Boston Red Sox hurler David Price is expected to be moved up in the rotation for his next start, perhaps Tuesday or Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park, according to Ian Browne of MLB.com.

With Price’s absence taxing the bullpen on Saturday, the Red Sox called up fellow left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez from Double-A Portland and sent right-hander Colten Brewer down to Triple-A.

Price, 33, is 2-2 in eight starts this season, sporting a 3.24 ERA and 1.08 WHIP.

–Right-hander Chris Paddack did not start as scheduled for the San Diego Padres against the Blue Jays in the Toronto because of a stiff neck.

Left-hander Robbie Erlin started as the opener for San Diego and took the loss, giving up one run in two innings as the Padres lost 10-1.

Paddack, a 23-year-old rookie off to a 4-2 start with a 1.93 ERA in nine starts. He is scheduled to make his next start on Wednesday against the host New York Yankees.

–The New York Mets activated outfielder Michael Conforto from the 7-day concussion list prior to their game against the Detroit Tigers.

Conforto started in right, batted third and went 0-for-3 in New York’s 4-3 win. Conforto, 26, suffered the concussion during a game against the Washington Nationals on May 16. He is batting .265 with nine homers and 21 RBIs in 43 games this season.

The Mets designated outfielder Rajai Davis for assignment to make room for Conforto, though the team hopes it can hold onto Davis.

–Both Los Angeles teams activated their Sunday starting pitchers from the injured list prior to their respective games, as the Angels activated left-hander Andrew Heaney for his season debut against Texas and the Dodgers activated right-hander Kenta Maeda before their series finale in Pittsburgh.

Heaney had been sidelined since experiencing elbow inflammation during spring training. He gave up two runs on two hits — both solo home runs — with eight strikeouts and a walk. He did not get a decision as the Angels beat Texas 7-6 in Anaheim, Calif.

Maeda had been sidelined by a left adductor contusion since May 16. He improved to 6-2 on the season after going five innings and giving up three runs on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. The Dodgers beat the Pirates 11-7 to sweep the three-game series.

–Field Level Media

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FILE PHOTO: MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Arizona Diamondbacks
FILE PHOTO: May 13, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli (29) looks on during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks t Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

May 27, 2019

The Pittsburgh Pirates will call up right-handed prospect Mitch Keller ahead of their doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.

Keller, the Pirates’ top pitching prospect, has gone 5-0 with a 3.45 ERA over nine starts for Triple-A Indianapolis this season and was scheduled to start for that club in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday. Keller, 23, will start the second game in Cincinnati, the Pirates announced in a tweet on Sunday.

A second-round pick by the Pirates in 2014, Keller has a 34-17 record with a 3.06 ERA over six minor league seasons. Injuries to starters Trevor Williams, Jameson Taillon and Chris Archer have left the Pirates hurting for pitching — though Archer returned to the rotation on May 15.

When Keller does take the mound, he won’t be throwing to Francisco Cervelli. The Pirates placed their starting catcher on the 7-day concussion list after he took a broken bat to the facemask during Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

This is the third straight season in which Cervelli has suffered a concussion, and he has a long history of dealing with them.

Cervelli, 33, is batting .193 with a homer and five RBIs in 34 games this season. Elias Diaz (.250 entering Sunday) will be the primary catcher during Cervelli’s absence. Pittsburgh also recalled catcher Jacob Stallings and infielder-outfielder Jose Osuna from Triple-A Indianapolis, while designating utility man Jake Elmore for assignment.

–After leaving Saturday’s start after just three batters, Boston Red Sox hurler David Price is expected to be moved up in the rotation for his next start, perhaps Tuesday or Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park, according to Ian Browne of MLB.com.

With Price’s absence taxing the bullpen on Saturday, the Red Sox called up fellow left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez from Double-A Portland and sent right-hander Colten Brewer down to Triple-A.

Price, 33, is 2-2 in eight starts this season, sporting a 3.24 ERA and 1.08 WHIP.

–Right-hander Chris Paddack did not start as scheduled for the San Diego Padres against the Blue Jays in the Toronto because of a stiff neck.

Left-hander Robbie Erlin started as the opener for San Diego and took the loss, giving up one run in two innings as the Padres lost 10-1.

Paddack, a 23-year-old rookie off to a 4-2 start with a 1.93 ERA in nine starts. He is scheduled to make his next start on Wednesday against the host New York Yankees.

–The New York Mets activated outfielder Michael Conforto from the 7-day concussion list prior to their game against the Detroit Tigers.

Conforto started in right, batted third and went 0-for-3 in New York’s 4-3 win. Conforto, 26, suffered the concussion during a game against the Washington Nationals on May 16. He is batting .265 with nine homers and 21 RBIs in 43 games this season.

The Mets designated outfielder Rajai Davis for assignment to make room for Conforto, though the team hopes it can hold onto Davis.

–Both Los Angeles teams activated their Sunday starting pitchers from the injured list prior to their respective games, as the Angels activated left-hander Andrew Heaney for his season debut against Texas and the Dodgers activated right-hander Kenta Maeda before their series finale in Pittsburgh.

Heaney had been sidelined since experiencing elbow inflammation during spring training. He gave up two runs on two hits — both solo home runs — with eight strikeouts and a walk. He did not get a decision as the Angels beat Texas 7-6 in Anaheim, Calif.

Maeda had been sidelined by a left adductor contusion since May 16. He improved to 6-2 on the season after going five innings and giving up three runs on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. The Dodgers beat the Pirates 11-7 to sweep the three-game series.

–Field Level Media

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. dollar and Euro notes are seen in this picture illustration
FILE PHOTO: U.S. dollar and Euro notes are seen in this November 7, 2016 picture illustration. Picture taken November 7. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

May 27, 2019

By Hideyuki Sano

TOKYO (Reuters) – The euro barely budged in early Monday trade after pro-European Union parties held on to two-thirds of seats in the EU parliament elections, limiting gains in nationalist opponents.

The common currency was little changed at $1.1210 in Asian trade and off a two-year low of $1.11055 touched on Thursday, as the markets studied the outcome of the vote.

While center-right and center-left blocs are losing their shared majority, surges in the Greens and liberals meant parties committed to strengthening the union held on to two-thirds of seats, official projections showed.

The results dented the hopes of anti-immigration, anti-Brussels National Rally led by Marine Le Pen, Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini and others who have been opposing attempts to forge closer EU integration.

“The focus is on how each government will react and how the Brexit negotiations will play out after this elections. So far we’ve seen limited market reaction as far-right, populist parties didn’t do as well as some had feared,” said Shin Kadota, senior FX and rates strategist at Barclays.

Trading was seen subdued on Monday due to market holidays in London and New York.

The dollar was little changed against other currencies.

The U.S. currency traded at 109.35 yen, not far from a three-month low of 109.02 touched two weeks ago, hit amid worries about escalating tensions between Washington and Beijing over trade and technology.

The dollar has been also capped against the yen as U.S. President Donald Trump is seen putting pressure on Japan to take measures to reduce its trade surplus with the United States.

Trump, who arrived in Tokyo on Saturday, tweeted on Sunday that much of the trade negotiation with Japan will wait until after the country’s election in July.

The British pound was steady at $1.2725, having regained some ground after Prime Minister Theresa May set out a departure date, bouncing back from a 4-1/2-month low of $1.2605 set on Thursday.

But the prospect of a “no deal” Brexit was fast becoming the central battle of the race among contenders to succeed May, with four of eight leadership hopefuls having said Britain must leave the EU on Oct. 31 even if this means a no-deal Brexit.

(Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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FILE PHOTO: Premier League - Newcastle United v Leicester City
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Premier League – Newcastle United v Leicester City – St James’ Park, Newcastle, Britain – September 29, 2018 Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley REUTERS/Scott Heppell

May 27, 2019

(Reuters) – Mike Ashley has agreed to sell Newcastle United to Abu Dhabi’s billionaire Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan for 350 million pounds ($445.24 million), the Sun reported late on Sunday.

The contracts between Ashley and Sheikh Khaled have been signed and submitted to the Premier League, according to the report.

Ashley, who bought a controlling stake in the Premier League club in 2007, has in the past tried to sell the club.

Ashley, who owns British sportswear retailer Sports Direct International Plc said last October that he had not received any acceptable offers for Newcastle, a year after he officially put the club up for sale, but told Sky News in December that talks on a deal had made promising progress.

Any potential buyer of the club must be able to provide transfer funds, he had said at the time.

Sheikh Khaled, the cousin of Manchester City owner and Arab billionaire Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, previously failed in his bid to buy Liverpool Football Club for 2 billion pounds last year, the Daily Mail has previously reported.

Sheikh Khaled is also the founder of Bin Zayed Group, a leading conglomerate with diverse business interests in the local and international markets.

Newcastle United, the Premier League and the Bin Zayed Group did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comments.

(Reporting by Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru; Editing by Susan Thomas)

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U.S. President Trump meets Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump stand at attention next to Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan May 27, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

May 27, 2019

By Jeff Mason

TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump met new Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako on Monday in the ceremonial highlight of a state visit overshadowed by trade tensions between the two allies.

Trump, a fan of pomp and circumstance, was greeted by the new emperor and his Harvard-educated wife at the imperial palace in Tokyo as part of a formal welcoming ceremony broadcast live on national television.

He became the first foreign dignitary to be received by the monarch since he inherited the throne earlier this month after his father, Akihito, stepped down in the first abdication by a Japanese emperor in two centuries.

Trump has made clear he was pleased to have been given the honor of the first reception with the emperor, who is treating him and first lady Melania Trump to a lavish state dinner later on Monday.

“It’s over 200 years since something like this has happened. So it’s a great honor to be representing the United States,” Trump said at a dinner with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the leaders’ wives on Sunday.

In between visits with the monarch, Trump is slated to hold formal talks with Abe, with whom he played golf, attended a sumo tournament and dined on Sunday.

The two leaders put on a show of friendship meant to demonstrate the strength of the U.S.-Japan alliance but have policy disagreements over trade and North Korea.

Trump has threatened to target Japanese automakers with high tariffs as part of an effort to reduce trade surpluses with other countries that he sees as a sign that the United States has been mistreated.

Tokyo and Washington are working on a bilateral trade agreement but Trump has said he does not expect major progress on it until July, when Abe’s ruling bloc faces an election for parliament’s upper house.

Trump has spearheaded an expensive trade dispute with China. That trade war between the world’s two largest economies has hurt markets worldwide and confounded U.S. allies, including Japan and the European Union.

Such allies share U.S. concerns about Chinese practices but object to Trump’s tactics of threatening tariffs on their products rather than seeking cooperation in standing up to Beijing.

In addition to trade, Abe and Trump are expected to discuss North Korea and Iran. Trump said on Sunday he was not worried about a recent missile launch by North Korea.

That put him at odds with his own national security adviser, John Bolton, who said on Saturday Pyongyang’s recent short-range missile tests violated United Nations Security Council resolutions. Japan shares Bolton’s view.

Also on Monday, Trump will meet families of Japanese citizens abducted by Pyongyang decades ago to help train spies.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Jeff Mason and Linda Sieg; Editing by Paul Tait)

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