Donald Trump Set to Visit China Next Week

By Josh Parker, November 3, 2017

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Donald Trump is set to visit China next week. After beginning his travels with a short stay in Hawaii, the US President will also stop off in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines from November 3-14.

Trump's trip "will underscore his commitment to longstanding United States alliances and partnerships, and reaffirm United States leadership in promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region," in a statement made by the White House. The Donald will receive a briefing from the US Pacific Command before visiting Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial.

Japan is next on his itinerary on November 5. His busy schedule includes meetings with American and Japanese service members in addition to participating in bilateral meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. 

Abe is also said to be hosting a meeting for the President with families of Japanese citizens abducted by the North Korean regime.

November 7 will see Trump make his way over to South Korea with a bilateral meeting in the cards with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. A similar visit is also planned with American and South Korean service members before the recently-described "dotard" will speak at the National Assembly. 

There, it is stated that the President will, "celebrate the enduring alliance and friendship between the United States and the Republic of Korea, and call on the international community to join together in maximizing pressure on North Korea."

More bilateral meetings and commercial and cultural events are then scheduled for when Trump arrives in Beijing on November 8. Also arranged are meetings with President Xi Jinping, who is currently busy at work at the 19th National Congress.

Trump and Xi met earlier this year when the Chinese President visited Florida. Trump was quite enamored by Xi.

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The US President was also quick to thank China recently in their measures in restricting banking entities in North Korea following China's plans to shut down North Korean companies in the Middle Kingdom.

Here's an idea of what Trump might look like at some of the nation's famous landmarks given he finds any free time.

Next on the agenda is two stops in Vietnam, the first starting in Danang on November 10. It is there that Trump will participate in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting, delivering a speech at the APEC CEO Summit.

In the speech, the President is said to refer to the US's vision of relations and agreements between the USA and the region, also underscoring the "important role the region plays in advancing America's economic prosperity."

After that it's back to the bilateral meetings when the Golden pheasant lookalike makes his way over to Hanoi on November 11 as part of his official visit with President Tran Dai Quang and other senior Vietnamese leaders.

Finally, Manila (the capital of the Philippines) has the "honor" of hosting Trump. On November 12, the US President will participate in the Special Gala Celebration Dinner for the 50th Anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The following day, Trump has been invited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of US-ASEAN relations at the ASEAN Summit, where he will also participate in more bilateral meetings with President Rodrigo Duterte and other leaders.

After all that, it's back to the land of free for the Donald. No doubt his return will be met with much jubilation.

[Image via Teen Vogue]

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