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Quote box: Trump talks tough on Asia trade, alliances

March 10, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has staked out uncompromising positions on Asia policy that are making foreign policy observers here and overseas uneasy. Here’s a selection of comments Trump has made during interviews, campaign speeches and debates:

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CHINA/NORTH KOREA

“I mean, you’ve got this madman playing around with the nukes and it has to end and China has to do it. Now we have power over China because of trade, because they suck us dry, they take our money, they take our jobs, they take our everything, we lose hundreds of billions of dollars a year with China on trade. So, frankly if we ever stopped it (trade with China), believe me you’d see depression in China like you had never seen a depression before.” — Fox News Interview, Jan. 7, 2016

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JAPAN

“If somebody attacks Japan, we have to immediately go and start World War III, okay? If we get attacked, Japan doesn’t have to help us. Somehow, that doesn’t sound so fair. Does that sound good?” — Campaign speech in Hilton Head, South Carolina, Dec. 30, 2015

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SOUTH KOREA

“We have 28,000 soldiers on the line in South Korea between the madman (Kim Jong-un) and them. We get practically nothing compared to the cost for this.” — NBC “Meet the Press” interview, Jan. 10, 2016

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VIETNAM

“I’m going to bring jobs back from China. I’m going to bring jobs back from Mexico and from Japan, where they’re all — every country throughout the world — now Vietnam, that’s the new one. They are taking our jobs. They are taking our wealth.” — Republican debate, Feb. 13, 2016

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TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP

“The deal is insanity. That deal should not be supported and it should not be allowed to happen ... We are giving away what ultimately is going to be a back door for China. China will take advantage of it — all the weak points in it, more than anybody else.” — Breitbart News interview, Nov. 9, 2016