Wheels Up! -- Trump's Asia trip: Stops in Japan, China and beyond (Itinerary)
Wheels Up! -- Trump's Asia trip: Stops in Japan, China and beyond

President Trump has taken off in Air Force One, first stop is to visit Hawaii as part of a trip that will take him to five Asian countries: Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

“The president’s trip will focus on three goals,” National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters Thursday during a White House briefing. “First, strengthening international resolve to denuclearize North Korea. Second, promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Third, advance American prosperity through fair and reciprocal trade and economic practices.”

“President Trump will reiterate the plain fact that North Korea threatens not just our allies South Korea, Japan and the U.S.,” but, McMaster said, is also “a threat to the entire world.”

McMaster also said that Trump “will continue to call on all responsible nations, especially those with the most influence over North Korea, to isolate the North Korean regime economically and politically.”

Here’s what you should know about the president’s upcoming travels.

Hawaii

Trump will pay a visit to the Aloha State on Friday, according to the White House. He’s going to be briefed by the U.S. Pacific Command and will also visit the memorial to the U.S.S. Arizona, a ship which sank during World War II.

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Japan

The president will play golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and world No. 4 golfer Hideki Matsuyama at a country club on the first day of his Nov. 5 through Nov. 7 visit, Kyodo News reported.

Trump hosted Abe at Mar-A-Lago earlier this year and they golfed together.

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The White House said that Trump’s activities in Japan will include meeting service members and bilateral meetings.

Abe, according to the release, “will also host the President for a meeting with the families of Japanese citizens abducted by the North Korean regime.”

In a Monday call, Abe and Trump “affirmed the importance of promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region and maintaining close coordination between the United States and Japan, and with the international community, to maximize pressure on North Korea,” according to a White House readout.

South Korea

Trump will spend time in South Korea Nov. 7, the White House said, adding that planned events include a bilateral meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, meeting service members and delivering remarks at the National Assembly in Seoul.

A senior administration official told reporters during a White House background briefing Tuesday that there’s not enough time in Trump’s schedule to accommodate a trip to the Demilitarized Zone, which has separated North Korea and South Korea for 64 years.

Trump will visit Camp Humphreys, a military base about 40 miles south of Seoul, to highlight the U.S.-South Korean partnership and burden-sharing, instead.

Trump’s trip comes amid his escalating rhetoric and taunts against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the country’s nuclear program.

In a recent speech at the United Nations, Trump said he would “totally destroy” the nation, if necessary. He also derided Kim as “little Rocket Man.”

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China

The president is going to Beijing Nov. 8. for meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other events, the White House said.

Trump previously hosted Xi at Mar-a-Lago. Trump will likely speak with Xi about North Korea, as well as the U.S. trade deficit with China, during his time abroad.

“Melania and I look forward to being with President Xi & Madame Peng Liyuan in China in two weeks for what will hopefully be a historic trip!” Trump tweeted last month.

Vietnam

Trump is expected to make his way to Da Nang on Nov. 10 and take part in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) events, the White House said.

APEC consists of 21 member economies, including the U.S., and “is the premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region,” according to the State Department.

Trump will head to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi Nov. 11 “for an official visit and bilateral engagements with President Tran Dai Quang and other senior Vietnamese leaders,” the White House said.

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The Philippines

Trump is expected to arrive in Manila on Nov. 12 to attend an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 50th anniversary dinner, the White House said.

McMaster said that during the event, Trump “will discuss how to strengthen partnerships across the Indo-Pacific to further efforts against transnational terrorist organizations.”

ASEAN consists of ten members: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

One day later, Trump will “celebrate the 40th anniversary of U.S.-ASEAN relations at the U.S.-ASEAN Summit,” the White House said.

He’s also expected to meet that day with Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte, who has been accused of human rights abuses, including killing suspected drug dealers. The White House has said that Trump could raise concerns about the program.

But the senior administration official said on Tuesday that Trump and Duterte have “a warm rapport,” The Guardian reported.

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