Pence, Turnbull urge China to pressure N. Korea

The foreign policy adviser said the administration would welcome Australia's input on formulating a strategy to address the issue, which has inflamed tensions between China and the United States and its allies, such as Australia and Japan.

Mr Turnbull said China has a leverage to influence North Korea.

"As the largest majority-Muslim country, Indonesia's tradition of moderate Islam, frankly, is an inspiration to the world", Pence said.

Indonesia and the United States agreed on Friday to find ways to reduce barriers to U.S. companies operating in Southeast Asia's largest economy, visiting U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Jakarta's investment chief said.

"The president wanted me to be here early in this administration to reaffirm this strong, historic alliance between the United States of America and Australia".

Pence said Saturday that the US would honor the agreement even if it didn't agree with it.

Australia's relationship with the new administration in Washington got off to a rocky start when Trump lambasted Turnbull over the resettlement arrangement, which Trump labelled a "dumb" deal.

Mr. Pence pointed to intellectual-property issues, a lack of transparency and local-manufacture requirements that US businesses have said hurt investment.

Mike Pence begins Indonesia visit focused on trade, security
He said the Trump administration would work with ASEAN on security issues, trade and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. Pence concluded by reassuring the gathered crowd that the Trump administration had no intention of keeping all Muslims out.

Motorists have been warned to expect traffic and public transport disruptions in Sydney's CBD and the lower north shore in coming days during the visit of US Vice President Mike Pence and his family.

FILE - In this April 11, 2017, file photo, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull takes a tour during a four day visit in Mumbai, India. More than two months after President Donald Trump got into a spat with Turnbull, Vice President Mike Pence will be working to smooth over any lingering hard feelings with the longtime USA ally.

Vice President Mike Pence continued his trip to Asia Friday with a stop in Jakarta where he announced $10 billion military and energy deal with the nation. However, since then, there have been a series of unilateral moves on taxation in both countries, including Australia's diverted profit tax, and President Trump's moves to try to force companies back onshore through taxation.

Trump's decision to scrap the world's biggest trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, was met with dismay in Australia, one of a dozen countries that signed the agreement previous year.

Mr Pence was officially greeted by the Governor-General Peter Cosgrove at Admiralty House on the Kirribilli foreshore, before holding talks with Mr Turnbull.

The fall-out has strained the typically cosy alliance between the USA and Australia.

The agreement has reportedly been criticized by US President Donald Trump.

Mr Pence will end his day of official engagements by meeting Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and business leaders in the city. Pence and his family are also scheduled to tour the Sydney Opera House and other landmarks.

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