President Trump Traveling to Asia for Key State Visits
In Asia, President Trump will address security and trade concerns in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
Between the US, SKorea, and Japan, the NKorean missile threat looms large and President Trump is expected to reaffirm the US’s commitment to standing alliance.
With China the US appears to have made progress. China now cooperates with the US on containing and limiting trade with NKorea like never before.
China has dropped its opposition to the deployment of THAAD missile defense batteries to SKorea and normalized relations in a “reversal of a policy on the part of China.
Additionally, China’s concessions come at a time where President Trump has the US Navy routinely challenging Beijing’s excessive maritime claims in the South China Sea
And very importantly, President Trump’s visit to China comes as its President, Xi Jinping, fresh for the CPC Congress with power not seen since Chairman Mao’s decades-long rule.
In Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe just won an election and reaffirmed his mandate to rule the island nation as assertively as has been done since World War II.
In the Philippines, President rump will meet outspoken populist President Rodrigo Duterte, who looks to wrap up a violent drug war and crush an Islamist insurgency in Marawi.
The Philippines, a strong US ally, is seen as a bell-weather in the shifting power dynamic in Asia.
Now, with President Trump 12 hours ahead of the US in Asia, and gone from the US time zone, we may expect quieter days on the DC news front.
Have a terrific weekend.