25November2017

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DONALD TRUMP’s VISIT TO THE FAR EAST

Last weekend, US President Donald Trump started his 12 days goodwill visit  to the five East and Southeast Asian countries namely, Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. The first country he visited was Japan to meet with Japanese leaders including Emperor Akihito. Relations between Japan and the United States are increasingly intense after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a visit to the US some time ago. Japan is closing in on the United States after North Korea has test-fired several long-range and medium-range missiles.

In addition to political issues, Abe seems to want the United States to continue the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) program. Shortly after taking office, President Donald Trump signed the US resignation of this partnership group. However, despite a protectionist trend, Trump has not pulled out  the US from APEC.

After Japan, the following country that Trump visited is South Korea. The visit is clear to show Trump's support to South Korea as well as showcase to North Korea.
Continuing his goodwill tour in the Far East, President Donald Trump also visited China. Trump wants China to play a stronger role to force Pyongyang to stop a provocative program to its neighbors; South Korea and Japan. Furthermore, President Donald Trump will continue his journey to Vietnam to attend the APEC Summit.  Apparently, Trump's presence at the APEC Summit is to indicate   that the US still exists in the region despite not participating in the Trans Pacific Partnership-TPP. The Philippines is the last Asian country Trump will visit and reportedly he will be there longer.

Hopefully, Trump's visit is not just a trip to ally countries like Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. More importantly  is how the United States plays a common role in overcoming the North Korean nuclear crisis, and problems in the South China Sea. Because if these are  allowed to drag on, the impact will be on all countries in the region.

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