Asia Minute: Trump’s Asia Travels

Sep 29, 2017

Credit D. Myles Cullen / Official White House Photos

The White House announced today that Donald Trump will make his first visit to Hawai‘i as President in November. It’s part of the president’s first official trip to the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The APEC leaders’ meeting is a two-day annual event that takes place in Vietnam this year.

That gathering was the starting point of planning President Trump’s first working visit to the region.

APEC stands for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation—21 member economies—which, according to the group’s website together account for 60 percent of the world’s economic output and half of global trade.

The leaders meet once a year, in November, it was six years ago that they met in Honolulu.

This year they’ll meet in Da Nang, the third largest city in Vietnam after Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

It’s also the major port in the central part of Vietnam—right on the South China Sea.

The White House says the president will also take part in the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations—ASEAN.

That meeting takes place in Manila this year.

According to a White House statement, the president will be traveling from November 3rd to the 14th stopping in a total of five countries.

The ASEAN summit in the Philippines will be at the tail end of the trip, while the APEC leaders meeting in Vietnam will take place on the 11th and 12th.

That leaves time in the early part of the travels for stops in Japan, South Korea and China.

There’s no official word on the timing of the Hawai‘i portion, but the itinerary would seem to favor a stop in the early part of his travels.