The US president kicked off a long tour of Asia with a clear message: "Do not underestimate America."

Donald Trump will discuss trade deals with various leaders, but tensions with North Korea will likely overtake the agenda during his 12-day trip. 

Trump began in Japan, meeting with a man he appears to see as his new "best-buddy", Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, over a lunch of burgers and a round of golf.

He will go next to South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

His predecessor Barack Obama also spent a lot of time in the region as part of his so-called "pivot" to Asia.

Is Trump planning to continue on that path?

Presenter: Jane Dutton

Guests:

Einar Tangen, political analyst and adviser to the Chinese government

James Dorsey, Senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Katherine Moon, Professor of Asian Studies at Wellesley College

Source: Al Jazeera News