says will visit Japan, China, S. Korea in Nov.
U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he will visit Japan,
China and South Korea in November in a tour that may also include
Vietnam and the Philippines for regional summits.
Speaking to journalists on his way back to Washington from
Florida, Trump said the trip would occur "sometime in November"
mentioned stops in "Japan, South Korea, possibly Vietnam with a
Asked about the inclusion of Japan, China and South Korea on the
itinerary, Trump said, "Right now definite."
The president also said he has been invited to the Philippines
for Association of Southeast Asian Nations-related meetings, but
could not confirm his attendance.
Looking ahead to what will be his first trip to Asia since
taking office in January, Trump told the reporters, "It will be a
busy 10 days, okay? Keep you guys busy."
During planned meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,
Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Moon Jae In,
Trump is expected to focus on North Korea's missile and nuclear
weapons development as well as bilateral economic issues such as ways
to reduce U.S. trade deficits with the three countries.
A diplomatic source said earlier that Trump plans to visit Japan
around Nov. 5 before traveling to Vietnam for a summit of the
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum and the Philippines for a
U.S.-ASEAN summit and the East Asia Summit.
During a visit to Jakarta in April, U.S. Vice President Mike
Pence said that Trump would visit Vietnam and the Philippines in
November for these meetings.
Aside from North Korea, Trump and Asian leaders are likely to
discuss issues such as Beijing's assertive territorial claims in the
South China Sea and U.S. policy toward Asia following Washington's
withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal soon after
ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia,
Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. (Sept. 14)