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World News Update: Presidential Asia Trip

Grayson Sakell, Writer

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President Donald Trump recently concluded his diplomatic Asia visit. The purpose of this trip was to strengthen ties with allies and personally address the growing tension between North Korea and the surrounding nations. The president’s trip began in Japan, where he clearly stated his stance against North Korea. He also gave a speech praising the bravery of Japanese and American soldiers, and the Japanese-American Military Alliance. After he gave this speech the president met with the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe.

Next, President Trump visited South Korea. After being greeted by President Moon, the president gave a speech before the South Korean Assembly. This speech celebrated South Korean economic, scientific, and military achievement while also denouncing North Korea and named the nation’s many crimes. After this, he flew to China where he was greeted by children waving Chinese and American flags. After this extravagant greeting, the president was greeted to the company of President Xi Jinping for the rest of the day and received a private tour of the Forbidden City.

Afterward, the the president traveled to Vietnam in order to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) events. The APEC consists of 21 economies including the United States and is a forum for discussion of economic growth, investment, and trade. Finally, the president visited the Philippines. There he attended the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 50th anniversary dinner. Overall, it can be concluded that this trip served to strengthen diplomatic and economic ties for the US in Asia while also drawing attention to the important current events taking place in the area.

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