Abe to meet Trump amid challenges at home and overseas

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures during a roundtable on tax cuts for Florida small businesses in Hialeah Florida U.S

Japan has been criticised by U.S. President Donald Trump on trade and been hit with tariffs on steel and aluminium, but it has not yet threatened counter-tariffs.

Abe heads to the United States on Tuesday to meet with Trump to discuss both trade and Trump's plans for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. China's efforts, the person said, were focused on getting Japan on board with engaging North Korea diplomatically.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi led the Chinese delegation, becoming the first foreign minister to visit Japan for bilateral talks since 2009.

China and Japan took another step toward mending their troubled relations Monday, resuming high-level economic talks for the first time in almost eight years.

"The world is moving toward dialogue with North Korea", the source said.

Motegi will also join the Abe-Trump talks in Florida, according to the Japanese government. He will likely seek to get Trump to reverse his decision not to exclude Japan from new steel and aluminum tariffs, while resisting the USA leader's attempts to pull Japan into bilateral trade negotiations. If Abe's forced to step down, fears that Japan is being passed over by the US would only grow.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Abe and Trump will play golf as they did on the sidelines of the previous summits in Florida and Japan a year ago to "further bolster the two leaders' relationship of trust".