Trump to visit Asia in November, North Korea in spotlight

US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump is set to travel to Asia for the first time since entering the oval office, stopping in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines on a trip expected to be dominated by talks of North Korea.

Joined by his wife Melania, Trump will travel November 3-14.

"The president's engagements will strengthen the global resolve to confront the North Korean threat", the White House statement said.

Trump will also attend various economic summits.

"The President will participate in a series of bilateral, multilateral, and cultural engagements", the White House said in a statement announcing the trip and the Apec and Asean meetings, "demonstrating his continued commitment to the alliances and partnerships of the United States in the region".

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He's expected to talk about economic ties with trade partners as well as resolutions to the ongoing threat with North Korea. But the 12-day trip will tax a president who does not particularly relish overseas travel and who thought a weeklong trip earlier in the year was too long.

The visit comes amid heightened tension in the region over North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes. North Korea responded with pledges to take the "highest-level" action against the United States and warned that it might conduct the "most powerful" atmospheric hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean.

The trip will take place November 3-14.

Trump has been openly critical of China's large trade surpluses with the United States and last month ordered an investigation into whether Beijing improperly pressures companies to hand over their technology in exchange for market access.

Trump's stop in the Philippines will also draw heavy notice, especially from human rights groups that denounce the practices of President Rodrigo Duterte, whose government has sanctioned deadly attacks on drug suspects. Duterte has come under worldwide criticism for his administration's brutal crackdown on drug trafficking which has resulted in thousands of extrajudicial killings.

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