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Trump Visits Asia

WELCOME! President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive in China on November 8. XINHUA/PANG XINGLEI VIA GETTY IMAGES

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 tension BLEND IMAGES—JOSE LUIS PELAEZ INC Feeling of anger or disagreement toward another person or group (noun) When my parents were arguing, I could feel the tension all the way in my bedroom. with North Korea. The United States has been in a standoff standoff PETER MULLER/GETTY IMAGES An argument or fight that does not have a clear winner (noun) When Juan Carlos and Amysha played a game, it lasted so long that they said it was a standoff with no clear winner. 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 regime LJUPCO/ISTOCK/GETTY IMAGES PLUS A type of government (noun) The current regime has outlawed the right for free speech. , and no nation—should underestimate, ever, American resolve resolve PETER MULLER/GETTY IMAGES Find an answer or a solution to a problem (verb) When Adam’s friends were in a fight, he tried to resolve the problem by inviting them both to join him for lunch. ,” 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 urge LAURA YURS/GETTY IMAGES Asking or persuading someone to do something that you believe is very important (verb) Bethany urged me to try the new flavor of ice cream; she said it was delicious. 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.