On Monday, the White House press service released details
President Trump’s upcoming Asia tour, his second major foreign trip since his early
summer trip to Europe and the Middle East. Taking place from November 3 to 14,
Trump’s whirlwind tour will take him to Hawaii, Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam
and the Philippines where he’ll be aiming to emphasise his commitment to US
alliances and partnerships.
On November 8, Trump will be arriving in Beijing for his
second bilateral summit with President Xi Jinping following their April meeting
at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. Though the White House hasn’t yet expanded on
the agenda in China, with President Xi fresh out of this month’s National Party
, golf’s unlikely to be on the agenda.
Both Presidents with their wives at Mar-a-Lago in April.
Instead, trade plus the looming threat of North Korea are
expected to dominate the series of bilateral, commercial and cultural events. At
their first bilateral summit back in April, Trump remarked that he had
underestimated the degree of political complexity
and sensitivity of North
Korea-China relations, and only just recently has also threatened a trade war
with China over North Korea.
For his part, President Xi stated during a September meeting
with visiting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that ‘currently the most
important event in our bilateral relations is President Trump’s China visit in
November’ and that his visit is ‘a major opportunity for the development of China-US
With a jam-packed three-day schedule, it’s unclear how much
sightseeing Trump will able to squeeze in. It might be for the best though that he doesn't get any pointers from our Wall