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TOKYO (AFP, REUTERS) - Japan's premier Shinzo Abe headed to New York Thursday (Nov 17) for talks with Mr Donald Trump, the first leader to meet with the president-elect whose campaign pledges provoked anxiety over US foreign policy. The brash billionaire is set to receive Mr Abe at his Trump Tower headquarters on Thursday evening, in an encounter that will be closely watched for hints on long-standing security pacts that he has called into question. "I'm honoured to meet with President-elect Trump ahead of other world leaders," Mr Abe told reporters. "I'd like to discuss with President Trump our dreams for the future." Mr Trump's blithe comment during the campaign that the US might be "better off" with nuclear-armed Asian allies has thrown into question the US security umbrella over Japan and South Korea. His later disavowal of the remarks has done little to restore confid...

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