BUSAN, South Korea – Even with Asian hostility toward some U.S. policies, President George W. Bush’s trip to the region this week is not expected to turn as acrimonious as his recent visit to Latin America. Bush departs today for a seven-day trip to visit enthusiastic allies Japan and Mongolia, along with China and South Korea – who may have differences with Washington but do not want them to disrupt relations. He also will attend the Asia Pacific Economic Conference summit in Busan, where 21 member states are expected to agree to support free-trade talks at the World Trade Organization. This trip will be vastly different from Bush’s visit this month to Summit of the Americas in Argentina. That does not mean, however, that protesters will stay at home. About 18,000 people carrying anti-globalization signs peacefully demonstrated in Seoul on Sunday in advance of the APEC summit, and organizers said thousands more will be on Busan’s streets during the meeting. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In Washington last week, Bush acknowledged the criticism of his policies in Asia. “I made some difficult decisions, and I understand not everybody agrees with them,” he said. “But one of the things I hope people do agree with in South Korea is that … they’ve got a strong friend in the United States.” The White House also played down expectations for Bush’s trip. “He’s not looking for any specific deliverables or specific outcomes,” National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley said. Asia has a wide array of regional groups, but there is a growing sense that the talking is not very directed – giving Washington a chance to step up and lead at the APEC summit, said Jane Skanderup, director of programs at the Pacific Forum. “This is an opportunity for the U.S. to be very visibly engaged,” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!