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Trump’s Asia trip: Stops in Japan, China and beyond

President Trump’s Asia trip: What to know

President Donald Trump visits Asia for a 12-day trip to five nations. The top issue to dominate his agenda: North Korea’s nuclear program, amid Pyongyang’s increased missile launches. Here’s what you need to know about his agenda and what’s at stake.

President Trump is in South Korea Tuesday as part of a trip that will later take him to China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

“The president’s trip will focus on three goals,” National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters last week during a White House briefing. “First, strengthening international resolve to denuclearize North Korea. Second, promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Third, advance American prosperity through fair and reciprocal trade and economic practices.”

“President Trump will reiterate the plain fact that North Korea threatens not just our allies South Korea, Japan and the U.S.,” but, McMaster said, is also “a threat to the entire world.”

McMaster also said that Trump “will continue to call on all responsible nations, especially those with the most influence over North Korea, to isolate the North Korean regime economically and politically.”

Here’s what you should know about the president’s upcoming travels.

Hawaii

Trump left for the Aloha State on Friday. Trump was briefed by the U.S. Pacific Command and visited the memorial to the U.S.S. Arizona, a ship which sank during World War II.

Japan

U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet during the U.N. General Assembly in New York, U.S., September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RC19090D65A0

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Trump earlier this year.  (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

The president played golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and world No. 4 golfer Hideki Matsuyama on Sunday.

Trump tweeted a video of him playing, writing, “Playing golf with Prime Minister Abe and Hideki Matsuyama, two wonderful people!”

 

Trump hosted Abe at Mar-A-Lago earlier this year and they golfed together at the time.

“Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen (PPAP)” singer Pikotaro also shared photos of himself with Trump and Abe at a dinner on Facebook Monday.

Trump also met with families of Japanese abductees taken by North Korea on Monday, Reuters reported.

The White House said last month that Trump’s activities in Japan would include meeting service members and bilateral meetings.

 

South Korea

Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in made a joint visit to Camp Humphreys, a military base about 40 miles south of Seoul, on Tuesday. Trump shook hands with American and Korean service members, and he and Moon had lunch with troops in a large mess hall.

The visit was intended to underscore the countries’ ties and South Korea’s commitment to contributing to its own defense.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump later attended a welcoming ceremony at South Korea’s Blue House.

Trump also participated in bilateral meetings with Moon on Tuesday and went to a state dinner.

The president was expected to deliver a speech Wednesday at the National Assembly in Seoul and visit the national cemetery.

Trump’s trip comes amid his escalating rhetoric and taunts against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the country’s nuclear program.

In a recent speech at the United Nations, Trump said he would “totally destroy” the nation, if necessary. He also derided Kim as “little Rocket Man.”

China

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shake hands prior to a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017.  REUTERS/Saul Loeb, Pool - RC14983393A0

President Trump will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping next week. The two leaders have already met.  (Reuters/Saul Loeb)

The president is going to Beijing Nov. 8 for meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other events, the White House said.

Trump previously hosted Xi at Mar-a-Lago. Trump will likely speak with Xi about North Korea, as well as the U.S. trade deficit with China, during his time abroad.

“Melania and I look forward to being with President Xi & Madame Peng Liyuan in China in two weeks for what will hopefully be a historic trip!” Trump tweeted last month.

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