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By Agence France-Presse

Donald Trump arrived for high-stakes visit to Europe on Wednesday, landing in Poland ahead of his first G20 summit in Hamburg and a closely-watched meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

US President Donald Trump (R) and US First Lady Melania Trump (L) step off Air Force One upon their arrival at Chopin Airport in Warsaw,on July 5, 2017.
(AFP PHOTO / Wojtek Radwanski / MANILA BULLETIN)

The still-novice US president begins a four-day swing through Warsaw and Hamburg, where tricky geopolitical currents — from rumbling transatlantic discord to the North Korean nuclear threat — will converge.

Air Force One touched down at 10.15 pm (2015 GMT), kicking off Trump’s second foreign trip.

Looming large over the entire visit is Pyongyang’s test of a intercontinental ballistic missile that could deliver a nuclear payload to Alaska, a brazen threat to US security.

Tough-talking Trump had previously declared that technological step a red line, and leaders from rival and allied powers alike will be watching closely to see whether his threats were bluster, or a harbinger of action to come.

After trying and failing to convince Beijing to ratchet up the pressure on North Korea, Trump will hold what promises to be a testy meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hamburg to trace the next steps.

“Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter. So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!” Trump tweeted indignantly on Wednesday.

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