Trump's November Asia Trip to Include 1st China Visit


Joined by his wife Melania, he will be stopping in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines from November 3 to November 14. The countries which he will likely to visit are China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and Philippines.

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The list of nations does not include India, but it's expected that Trump's visit could lead to a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Asean summit in Manila.

According to New York Times, Trump was reluctant to attend Manila summit to avoid showing support for Philippine President Rogrigo Duterete who had several anti-American outbursts.

In response, top North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued a rare statement, which warned Washington of the highest-level hardline countermeasure in history. Washington's battered reputation continues to suffer from Trump's rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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Trump and Kim have been engaged in a war of words in recent weeks, as the reclusive nation refuses to dial down its development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.

North Korea's state newspaper reported Thursday that 4.7 million students and workers have expressed a desire to enlist or re-enlist in the nation's army, potentially adding a major boost in manpower to what is already one of the largest armed forces in the world. The North Korean leader has blasted Mr Trump as "mentally deranged". 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.

Trump's visit to China is in response to President Xi Jinping's U.S. visit in April this year. While his efforts have had limited success thus far, he went out of his way to thank Mr Xi on Tuesday for his efforts.

Defense officials at the highest levels of South Korea's government told Yonhap News on Wednesday that the U.S. would deploy "strategic assets" to the peninsula amid tensions with North Korea.

North Korea's main trading partner, China, also ordered North Korean businesses within its borders to close by January. 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.