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Trump to embark on tour of Asian countries in November

01 October, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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Trump's first Asia trip as president will take him to China, Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Hawaii.

The countries which he will likely to visit are China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and Philippines.

One of the objectives of Trump's Asia tour will be to "strengthen the global resolve to confront the North Korean threat and ensure the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", the White House said in a statement.

The month of September saw intensified North Korean threats aimed at South Korea and the USA and also several high profile nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

Asian leaders who met Trump at the United Nations General Assembly in NY last week persuaded him to attend in unity with key Asian allies, a USA official said. However visits by secretaries of state, defense and commerce and Trump's forthcoming visit indicates that the region figures in administration's priority list. Liberty Korea Party Chairman Hong Joon-pyo criticized Moon's perception of North Korea issues and remarked in a Facebook post, "such rash remarks are beyond astonishing and send shivers down my spine".

In an effort to check the rising nuclear threat from rogue nation North Korea, the president of the United States will be visiting 5 countries in Asia in November 2017.

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera urged caution on Friday because more provocation was possible from North Korea on October 10, when the start of lower house election campaigns in Japan coincides with one of the North's main anniversaries.

The President has been applying pressure on his allies in the region to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea in the face of a series of missile tests conducted by Pyongyang.

The UN Security Council voted unanimously on September 12 to boost sanctions on North Korea, banning its textile exports and capping fuel supplies.

China and the United States in the past month have increased diplomatic activities as both sides prepare for a reset in their relationship following a reshuffling of the leadership in Beijing in October and Trump's visit the following month.

China accounts for around 90 per cent of North Korea's trade, and the isolated state is highly dependent on Chinese oil imports.

"It would be helpful if the President would highlight some trade practices of our partners we appreciate as well as those we most want to see changed", Scissors said.

Though no announcement has been made yet, Prime Minister Modi is expected to attend the regional summit, along with the American president. Liu and Tillerson concluded the first round of the US-China Social and Cultural Dialogue in Washington. He hosted the Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a- Lago residence in the early part of his presidency. The other two dialogues - Diplomacy and Security Dialogue, Comprehensive Economic Dialogue - had been held separately in June and July.

Australia has no choice but to prepare for a missile attack from North Korea, a former Pentagon nuclear weapons official warns.



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