What will Trump do in Southeast Asia?

  • US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii on November 3, 2017. The Trumps are in Hawaii before a five-nation tour of Asia. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

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.