US Tump tour of Asian nations

US President Donald Trump has visited Hawaii before starting his first tour of 5 Asian nations.

Trump arrived in Hawaii on Friday local time and visited Pacific Command, the US military’s headquarters for the Asia-Pacific region.

In a meeting with Commander Admiral Harry Harris, the president praised personnel at the Command.

US President Donald Trump praised the “industrious” North Korean people before landing in Japan, where he warned the world against challenging America’s military dominance.

Trump 5 nation visit, Vietnam, China, the Philippines, and South Korea. In Vietnam, he is scheduled to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit and meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“I think it’s expected that we will meet,” Trump said. “We want Putin’s help on North Korea.”

Trump touched down in Japan on Sunday, the first stop on his 12-day Asian tour, during which he is set to drum up support for his hardline policy towards Pyongyang. While still on board Air Force One, Trump hinted that North Korea could be put on the list of state sponsors of terrorism in the near future.

We’re going to make this decision very soon,” he said. Currently, there are only three countries – Iran, Sudan and Syria – designated under US law as state sponsors of terrorism for “having repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.” Inclusion on the list, last updated in 1993, means additional sanctions against the targeted country.

North Korea might be “a big problem for our country and the world,”but its citizens, according to Trump, are “great people.”

“They’re warm, much warmer than the world really knows or understands. They’re great people. And I hope it all works out for everybody,” Trump said.

Trump’s pep talk after his landing at Yokota Air Base, but was much more belligerent

 

US president and First Lady Melania Trump  arrive in Japan on Sunday morning local time on the first leg of his 5-nation Asian tour. It’s his first visit to Japan since he took office in January. On Monday, Trump will meet Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Later in the day, he will hold a summit and a joint press conference with Abe, during which regional security and trade issues are expected to be discussed.

Trump and Abe to play golf in the afternoon joined by Japan’s top golfer Hideki Matsuyama. Then the 2 leaders and their wives will have dinner together.

On Monday, they will meet again for a working lunch and summit talks followed by a meeting with family members of Japanese abducted by North Korea.

Abe and Trump will then speak to reporters at a joint news conference about what they discussed in the meetings.

The two leaders are expected to focus on the crisis on the Korean Peninsula and agree to jointly urge China and other countries to take more active roles in strengthening pressure on Pyongyang.

On the issue of China’s assertive maritime activities, Abe will seek Trump’s endorsement of his promotion of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy.” The target countries include those that share common values with Japan on the rule of law and freedom of navigation.

On the economic front, the leaders are expected to agree to speed up discussions during bilateral economic talks to strengthen cooperation in the energy sector.

They will also agree to further cooperate on infrastructure projects in other countries.

On trade issues, the Trump administration is finding the US trade deficit with Japan problematic.

There are concerns among Japanese officials that the US president may seek negotiations for a bilateral trade deal such as a free trade agreement.

Trump’s visit S Korea

Trump will arrive in South Korea next Tuesday for a two-day visit as a state guest, after visiting Japan on his Asian tour. He will hold talks with President Moon Jae-in.

Moon and Trump are expected to reconfirm the strong alliance between their two nations, while also discussing ways to keep the pressure on North Korea with sanctions and ultimately bring it to the table for denuclearization talks.

On Tuesday, Moon to meet U.S. President Donald Trump, kicked off his Asian tour in Japan on Sunday. Trump’s first state visit to South Korea comes amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula and the surrounding region, brought on by North Korea’s nuclear test in September and ballistic missile launches that followed.

About 500 protesters including liberal activists and students gathered in central Seoul on Saturday evening.

They accused Trump of warmongering and ramping up tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

United States and China have the world’s most consequential economic relationship and it really pays for them to cooperate a great deal, an economist with the U.S.-based think tank RAND Corporation has said.

Howard J. Shatz, a RAND senior economist, made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Xinhua, ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s upcoming state visit to China, with trade expected to be one of the major topics in talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Traveling with Trump to Beijing is a 29-company business delegation, of which 10 are involved in liquefied natural gas (LNG) or other energy fields, raising prospects for potentials deals on LNG between the two economic heavyweights.

“LNG is an extremely good opportunity for U.S. exporters,” Shatz said.

China will need more energy to power its growing economy as U.S. supplies of LNG has kept rising thanks to the technology of hydraulic fracturing, adding to the global LNG market, Shatz analyzed. “LNG will also lead to much lower pollution than coal.”

He admitted that the shipping cost is one of the obstacles for U.S. natural gas to be exported to China but suggesting leaving it to private ocean carriers to work that out.

Typhoon Damrey has hit Vietnam. and the city of Danang, where the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit is taking place next week.

Danang itself also suffered. A gateway proclaiming “Welcome to Danang” collapsed in the storm, state media said.

Authorities in the area called on citizens to volunteer to help clean up.

The city will host US President Donald Trump from November 10 as well as China’s Xi Jinping, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and counterparts from other APEC members.

Media agencies

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