Donald Trump Announces Big Presidential Trip to Asia
- Author: Rogelio Becker Sep 30, 2017,
Sep 30, 2017, 2:20
The White House announced he will take a five-nation trip to the Asia Pacific region in November.
Trump's itinerary features a swing through the major powers in Northeast Asia - Japan, South Korea and China - whose leaders he has met with several times already in a bid to develop a strategy to increase pressure on Pyongyang.
The diplomat said Trump's decision to withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal early this year had raised questions about the administration's commitment to the region, but visits by senior officials, including the secretaries of state, defence and commerce, and Trump's planned trip, showed Washington meant to remain engaged.
The White House said Trump's visit would "strengthen the worldwide resolve to confront the North Korean threat and ensure the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".
Trump will also attend various economic summits.
The trip will be Mr Trump's fourth worldwide trip as President.
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Trump last met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in NY last week.
It will be Mr Trump's first visit to the region as president and comes as Kim Jong-un moves closer to his goal of having a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the US. Kim has responded by calling Trump a "mentally deranged US dotard", and his government has threatened to conduct an atmospheric nuclear test, which would be the first the world has seen in 37 years. He hosted the Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a- Lago residence in the early part of his presidency and met the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Trump Towers in NY as the president-elect. But Trump, to be accompanied by first lady Melania, will start the tour with a visit to Japan around Nov 5 and meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Nov 6, according to diplomatic sources.
"[The president] will discuss the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific region to America's prosperity and security".
There was no definite timetable for concluding the review.