TOKYO -- U.S. President Donald Trump is on a 12-day tour of Asia -- his first official visit to the region and the longest by a sitting president so far this millennium. His discussions with Asian leaders are sure to focus on North Korea and trade, but the "Russia-gate" probe will be looming in the background.
After stopping in Hawaii, Trump visited Japan from Nov. 5-7, meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as well as families of Japanese citizens who were abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 80s. Abe hosted the president in a round of golf, returning the favor for a round Trump hosted at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
Trump's itinerary takes him to South Korea (Nov. 7-8), China (Nov. 8-10), Vietnam (Nov. 10-12) and finally the Philippines (Nov. 12-14), where he will attend a summit with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the East Asian Summit.
The stop in Seoul was a full state visit, including a speech to the legislature. South Korean President Moon Jae-in invited Trump to visit Camp Humphreys, a joint U.S.-South Korean military base about 60km south of the capital.
Trump's visit to Beijing comes just after President Xi Jinping further cemented his rule at the Communist Party's twice-a-decade national congress. Trump is expected to pressure Xi to rein in North Korea by tightening restrictions on oil and coal imports and financial transactions.
Trump is also scheduled to meet with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
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