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South Carolina US Rep. Joe Wilson says Trump's Asia trip reassuring

Oct. 29 2017 by the North Korean government shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un center inspects products during a visit to a cosmetics factory in Pyongyang. Trump has repeatedly referred to the 33-year-old South Carolina US Rep. Joe Wilson says Trump's Asia trip reassuring
Bennie Garza | 03 November, 2017, 06:59

President Trump leaves on Friday, for his tour of South Korea, China, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines, the longest visit to Asia by any American president in more than 25 years. "We have extraordinarily capable forces in the region".

And Asia's anxious about Trump.

The President's travel will underscore his commitment to longstanding United States alliances and partnerships, and reaffirm United States leadership in promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region, the statement said.

"North Korea will be watching closely every step President Trump takes (during the trip)". It is easy to see why a grand bargain might appeal to the Trump administration: First, it has the word "grand".

Domestic politics could well intrude on Trump's trip.

Trump and aides are also pushing Congress to pass a new tax cut plan, something he is likely to talk about during trade talks in Asia. All of these Asian capitals, who are looking to U.S. leadership, with this administration, with the harsh rhetoric during the campaign, they all want to knew where the (Trump) administration stands.

Other U.S. presidents have committed faux pas in the region, especially in China. They have both vowed to denuclearize North Korea.

The Asian tour, the longest by a USA president since George HW Bush in 1991, will attempt to soothe allies' fears America would retreat from the Asia-Pacific.

Japanese officials have also questioned Trump's decision to pull the US from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, a enormous trade deal that included Japan, and worry about the prospects for a bi-lateral trade deal. He said returning North Korea to the state sponsors of terrorism list "is something that's under consideration".

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster rejected the suggestion that Trump's language is inflammatory.

It could be part of a larger strategy to lull the Chinese president into a fall sense of complacency, but it is an unusual for a democratically-elected president of the United States to pay tribute to a politically repressive authoritarian leader who seeks to have China displace the United States as the regional hegemon.

Kori Schake, a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and a former National Security Council staffer, said Trump and some of his aides "are engaging in reckless, risky rhetoric in circumstances that have a very thin margin for error. I put the risk of military conflict at about three in 10".

President Donald Trump's national security adviser says North Korea could be returned to the list of countries the US believes sponsor terrorism, as part of Trump's strategy to counter the North's growing nuclear threat.

A reporter asked General McMaster about the subject during Thursday's White House press briefing amid a stream of threats on President Trump's life coming from NKorean leaders. Almost 30,000 USA troops are stationed in South Korea.

Another important stop, featuring perhaps the two most powerful leaders in the world, Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Since taking power, Xi has only enhanced China's mercantilist tendencies and believes they will win the day. But relisting North Korea is largely seen as symbolic because it is already under extensive sanctions for its nuclear and missile programs. Although the vice president, defense secretary, and secretary of state have all made forays to the region trying to underscore a continued US commitment, the president's words will carry special weight.

"They will essentially make Trump happy - that will work to China's advantage". And, if sufficiently noteworthy, a grand bargain would immediately vault President Trump into the history books alongside his erstwhile China whisperer Henry Kissinger.

The President will use his visit to call on the worldwide community to "join together" in maximising pressure on North Korea before a state dinner.

Like his predecessors, Trump will attend the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, to be held this year in Da Nang. "This will help increase trade, reduce unsustainable deficits, and promote prosperity for the American people and the people of the Indo-Pacific region", McMaster said. "And you'll hear more about that soon, I think".

After visiting with APEC members, Trump will head to the capital of Hanoi to meet with Vietnamese leaders.

President Trump will arrive in Manila, Philippines, on November 12 to participate in the Special Gala Celebration Dinner for the 50th Anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The president is scheduled to return to Washington, D.C., before a meeting of another major gathering, the East Asia Summit. But China will there, giving Xi's government a chance to nurture relationships in the region without Trump.

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