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President Trump starts his Asiatic tour

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, Friday November 3, 2017, and board Air Force One en route Hawaii. This is the first day of a 12 day Asia trip. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

President Trump is on the Move. In next 12 days he will visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. With a conventional war threats traded with North Korea and a business war looming with frenemy China this trip is expected to be anything but regular.

In what is the longest tour of Asia by a US president in 25 years, it’s expected that the POTUS will show a united front with South Korea and Japan.
With US Navy moving one of the strongest armada in the regions, ever, we can safely deduce that threat perception of war in Korean peninsula remains high. Mr Trump who has regularly exchanged war rhetoric with North Korea would not go to the heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ) on the border. He is instead, expected to visit US’ Camp Humphreys, south of the capital, Seoul.


 

While President has long prided to be the best businessman there is, it’s his stop in Beijing that will actually test his prudence. The dynamics between Trump and President Xi is expected to shape diplomatic relationships across the globe. Trump’s balancing act between the business partner China, and rapidly aggressive China will again be tested in Vietnam whose seas are being shamelessly threatened by superior Chinese navy

On the lighter side, our expectations are highest on Sunday, 12 November when the US delegation will arrive in Manila, Philippines. With two of a kind Presidents, Rodrigo Duterte and Donald Trump seated together anything is possible. New standards of diplomacy may be set and a new chapter in Asia-Pacific region may start.

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