Trump, Abe tee up a November summit in Japan
North Korea, trade seen topping agenda for the two leaders
TOKYO -- Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appear set to meet Nov. 6 for their planned summit here during the U.S. president's upcoming visit to Asia, with the two leaders expected to discuss North Korea and trade.
Trump also will visit China, the Philippines, South Korea and Vietnam on a tour of the region Nov. 3-14. He will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders conference in Vietnam and the East Asia Summit in the Philippines.
In Tokyo, Trump and Abe likely will discuss the impact of the United Nations Security Council sanctions on North Korea and how the U.S. and its ally Japan should handle future moves by Kim Jong Un's regime. Pyongyang will mark the anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea on Tuesday, an event that could provide a backdrop for more missile tests or other saber-rattling. Officials here have floated the idea of the U.S. president attending a meeting of Abe's National Security Council during his visit.
On trade, Vice President Mike Pence and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso are expected to hold a second round of the U.S.-Japan economic dialogue in Washington this month. During the summit, Trump may raise the issue of Japan's trade surplus with the U.S., which he has brandished before.
A friendly round of golf has been proposed as a show of the two leaders' camaraderie, though some question the appropriateness of Abe and Trump teeing off amid rising tensions over North Korea. Abe's government also must weigh the outcome of the Oct. 22 snap election called by the prime minister for the Diet's lower house, a move that triggered the rise of a new, potentially formidable political party led by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike.
The U.S. president's daughter Ivanka Trump is scheduled to accompany her father to Asia. Japan's government hopes she will attend the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo on Nov. 3.