Table: Bush's Delicate Agenda
Beijing and Washington are in sync on the war against terrorism. But the U.S. still has gripes about China's weapons sales and its record on human rights.
The Bush team wants Japan to assume a bigger regional security role and get its economy in order.
Tension is high over Bush's listing of North Korea as part of the "axis of evil," which throws a roadblock in front of President Kim Dae Jung's conciliatory "sunshine policy."