President Donald Trump kicked off a 12-day, five-nation trip to Asia on November 3. The goals are to strengthen ties with the region and promote fair trade. Trump will also work to ease tensions with North Korea. The United States has been in a standoff with North Korea over its nuclear-weapons program.
Trump stopped first in Japan. He gave a speech to American service members at Yokota Air Base, in Tokyo. “No one—no dictator, no regime, and no nation—should underestimate, ever, American resolve,” he said. The president later met with Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe.
Trump traveled next to South Korea. “I think we are making a lot of progress,” he said, speaking about North Korea at a news conference on November 7. He said he hoped the country would “make a deal” to give up its nuclear weapons.
At press time, Trump was in China. China is North Korea’s biggest trade partner. Trump has urged Chinese president Xi Jinping to cut off his country’s support of North Korea. He plans to visit Vietnam next.
Trump is slated to end his trip in the Philippines. There, the president will attend the East Asia Summit.
White House officials say Trump may squeeze in a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin before the summit. “We want Putin’s help on North Korea,” Trump said.
The visit is the longest to Asia by a U.S. president since 1991.