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    Trump for trips to Japan, China, S Korea on a tour of East Asia

    President Donald Trump will travel to Japan, South Korea, China and East Asia next month to emphasize his commitment to long-standing American alliances and partnerships, the White House said today.

    Tour from 3 to 14 November will be Trump's main trip to the region as president.

    "The travel of the presidents will underscore his commitment to the long-standing United States partnerships and partnerships and confirm the United States leadership in promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

    After leaving the White House on November 3 and staying in Hawaii, Trump will begin his visit to Asia, beginning with Japan on November 5.

    While in Japan, Trump will meet with US and Japanese service members and take part in bilateral meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who will also take him to a meeting with families of Japanese citizens abducted by the North Korean regime, Sanders said.

    During his visit to South Korea on November 7, Trump will attend a bilateral meeting with President Luna Je-in and visit members of the US and South Korean service.

    He will address the National Assembly, where he will celebrate a strong alliance and friendship between the United States and the Republic of Korea and calls on the international community to unite in maximum pressure on North Korea.

    "President Trump will arrive in Beijing, China on November 8 for a number of bilateral, commercial and cultural events, including meetings with President Xi Jinping," Sanders said, adding that on 10 November Trump will travel to Danang, Vietnam, on November 10,

    There he will attend a meeting of economic leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and deliver a speech at the summit of the heads of APEC.

    "In his speech, the President will present the US vision of a free and open region of the Indo-Pacific region and underscore the important role of the region in promoting America's economic prosperity," Sanders said.

    On November 11, Trump will travel to Hanoi for an official visit and bilateral talks with President Tran Dai Kuang and other senior Vietnamese leaders.

    Trump arrives in Manila on November 12 to attend a special gala dinner for the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

    On November 13, the US president will celebrate the 40th anniversary of US-ASEAN relations at the US-ASEAN summit and take part in bilateral meetings with President Rodrigo Dutert of the Philippines and other leaders, the presidential spokesman said. PTI LKJ KUN
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