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Sparks fly at Tokyo summit as Trump vents over China and beef

President eager for trade win as clock ticks toward elections

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on May 27. (Photo by Masayuki Terazawa)

TOKYO -- Behind the camaraderie, U.S. President Donald Trump's summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week revealed his frustration with the slow progress on a China trade deal and his fixation on the farm vote -- something Abe understands as both leaders look ahead to elections.

Trump left Japan on Tuesday night after four days filled with golf, sumo wrestling and an audience with Emperor Naruhito, having called the trip a "truly amazing and unforgettable visit."

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