Trump to embark on tour of Asian countries in November

Oct 01, 2017, 00:35
Trump to embark on tour of Asian countries in November

Trump will travel between November 3 to 14.

The president will also stop in the Philippines, whose authoritarian leader Trump has embraced for his antidrug campaign despite extrajudicial killings, and in Vietnam, which is still smarting over his decision to abandon a free-trade pact.

The president might find it hard to pressure the region to make concessions on trade terms that are favorable to the US while he is also urging it to unite against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom he calls "Rocket Man".

Donald Trump may be making a meal of the US Presidency according to his liberal critics stateside, but at least in so far as India and US policy towards the subcontinent is concerned, New Delhi has every reason to be pleased.

During a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Thursday, Susan Thornton, a top State Department Asia official, laid out how the Trump administration is using a variety of strategies to isolate North Korea diplomatically and squeeze its economy. But visits by senior officials, including the secretaries of state, defense and commerce, and Mr Trump's planned trip, showed Washington meant to remain engaged.

He has denounced Mr Kim as a "rocket man" on a suicide mission for test launches of ballistic missiles and for nuclear weapon tests, and warned North Korea would face total devastation if it threatened the US.

In a speech on Thursday, Moon said cooperation with the global community to curb the North's nuclear ambitions was at its highest level ever and called for the strengthening of South Korea-U.S. defences to rein in the North. Most recently, he addressed the UN General Assembly on September 20, promising to "totally destroy" North Korea if it attacked the United States or its allies.

The nuclear stand-off with North Korea has united the USA and China despite far-reaching disagreements over trade.

The six-day APEC summit will open on November 6 in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang, with other world leaders including China's Xi Jinping and Russia's Vladimir Putin expected to attend. China's acquiescence to two new United Nations Security Council sanctions resolutions has kept it in Trump's good graces, but the "America First" trade agenda continues to loom large in this relationship.

"When he says if North Korea comes at us we're gonna go back full force, yeah, we're gonna go back full force".

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