U.S.-Asia relations: The view from Tokyo and Honolulu

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President Donald Trump welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.
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Since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, many of America's allies are still uncertain where they fit in to the new administration's foreign policy.

This anxiety if particularly strong in Asia, where countries have deep economic and strategic ties to the U.S.

In a recent visit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, president Trump assured the leader he would continue America's long standing commitments to Japan.

Still, many questions remain.

In order to better understand the issues at hand, a joint Honolulu-Tokyo town hall meeting was held, focusing on U.S.-Asia military alliances, trade deals and an unstable North Korea under president Trump.

Guests included:

Grace Cheng, associate professor of political science at Hawaii Pacific University.

Ralph Cossa, president of the Pacific Forum CSIS.

Andrew Horvat, author and visiting professor at Josai University.

Charles Morrison, a Senior Fellow and past president at the East West Center.

Mieko Nakabayashi, a professor of international education, Waseda University and former Japanese Congresswoman.

The town hall, produced by America Abroad Media, was recorded January 25, 2017 and updated February 14, 2017.

To listen to the discussion, click the audio player above.

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