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Trump and China loom over a tumultuous year in Asia

In this Tuesday, June 12, 2018, file photo, North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands during their first meeti...
In this Dec. 1, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, second right, and China's President Xi Jinping, second left, attend their bilateral mee...
In this April 28, 2018, file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping...
This Monday, July 2, 2018, file photo released by Tham Luang Rescue Operation Center, shows the boys and their soccer coach as they were found in a pa...
In this Jan. 24, 2018, file photo, a Rohingya refugee boy who was staying in no-man's land at Bandarban between Myanmar and Bangladesh border, clings ...
In this Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, file photo, people inspect the damage at a tsunami-ravaged village in Sumur, Indonesia. Doctors are working to help sur...
In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, right, raises the hand of Malaysia's reform icon Anwar Ibrahim during a ...
In this Feb. 21, 2018, file photo, Italy's Sofia Goggia competes in the women's downhill at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Jeongseon, South Korea. (AP Ph...

In this Tuesday, June 12, 2018, file photo, North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands during their first meeti...

In this Dec. 1, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, second right, and China's President Xi Jinping, second left, attend their bilateral mee...

In this April 28, 2018, file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping...

This Monday, July 2, 2018, file photo released by Tham Luang Rescue Operation Center, shows the boys and their soccer coach as they were found in a pa...

In this Jan. 24, 2018, file photo, a Rohingya refugee boy who was staying in no-man's land at Bandarban between Myanmar and Bangladesh border, clings ...

In this Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, file photo, people inspect the damage at a tsunami-ravaged village in Sumur, Indonesia. Doctors are working to help sur...

In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, right, raises the hand of Malaysia's reform icon Anwar Ibrahim during a ...

In this Feb. 21, 2018, file photo, Italy's Sofia Goggia competes in the women's downhill at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Jeongseon, South Korea. (AP Ph...

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un staged an extraordinary summit in Singapore in June where they vowed to pursue a nuclear settlement.

But there's since been no substantial disarmament by the North, and many have the same old fears that North Korea will never give up its nuclear weapons.

As 2018 closes, the sense of unease in South Korea has been shared across Asia, where many are wondering how China and Trump, and a U.S.-China trade war that has caused fears of a global economic slowdown, will affect them.

China's increasing power has been impossible to ignore as it pushes its territorial claims and, despite some resistance, uses money and influence to promote its interests.

Trump, meanwhile, has repeatedly waded into Asia's biggest hot spots.


Updated : 2021-06-24 10:33 GMT+08:00