US President Donald Trump is now in the middle of his 11-day trip to Asia which, according to the White House, is the longest tour of Asia by a US president in 25 years.
The trip is also Mr Trump’s longest foreign trip to date. He started off in Japan on Nov 5 before travelling to South Korea on Nov 7 and then to China on Nov 8.
For Southeast Asian countries, the focus would be on the final four days of the trip from Nov 10-13 when he will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) Summit in Vietnam, US-Asean Summit and East-Asia Summit in the Philippines.
Following are details of Mr Trump’s activities in Vietnam and the Philippines:
Friday, Nov 10: Danang, Vietnam
- Delivers his second major address of the Asia trip at the Apec CEO Summit, outlining the US vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region where free, fair, and reciprocal trade, and private sector-led investment and growth generate prosperity and protect the sovereignty of all.
Saturday, Nov 11: Hanoi, Vietnam
- Arrives in Hanoi for an official State visit.
- Meets with President Quang of Vietnam and other senior Vietnamese leaders to underscore the vitality of the US and Vietnam’s Comprehensive Partnership.
Sunday, Nov 12: Manila, Philippines
- Arrives in Manila, Philippines, to take part in a gala dinner for the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).
Monday, Nov 13: Manila, Philippines
- Attends the US-Asean summit in Manila.
- Attends the East Asia Summit.
- Holds bilateral meetings with President Rodrigo Duterte, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia.
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will also join the Asean Summit and Related Summits in the Philippines.
Gen Prayut recently met Mr Trump during his official visit to Washington on Oct 2-4.