N Korea threat to dominate Trump's Asia trip

Donald Trump’s first official trip to Asia looks set to be overshadowed by the North Korea threat.

The US President sets off on Friday for an 11-day trip with wife Melania to visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Mr Trump will not travel to North Korea, but the volatile nation looks likely to dominate his talks with other leaders.

Business and security will be key highlights of the trip, which will mark the longest visit to Asia by any US president in the last 25 years.

Here’s the itinerary.

Hawaii: 3-5 November

Mr Trump will first use the trip to visit the US state of Hawaii, which is in North Korea’s nuclear firing line, on Friday, where he will visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial.

He will stay the night in Waikiki, in the capital Honolulu, where its 10,000 workers have been given Friday off to accommodate for road closures for the President’s motorcade.

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Japan: 5-7 November

The President flies on Sunday to Japan, where he will meet American and Japanese service members and join Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has met Mr Trump several times, for a round of golf.

Mr Trump will have a call with the Imperial Family and meet with families of Japanese citizens abducted by the North Korean regime.

The President will use his visit to call on the international community to “join together” in maximising pressure on North Korea before a state dinner.

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Trump and Abe handshake
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Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have met several times since November 2016

South Korea: 7-8 November

In a swifter visit, Mr Trump will visit American and South Korean service members, and again call on the international community to place further pressure on North Korea.

His proximity to Kim Jong Un’s hermit kingdom will be a security nightmare for White House organisers and their Seoul counterparts.

China: 8-10 November

Mr Trump is to take part in bilateral, commercial and cultural events in Beijing to foster a close business relationship between the US and China.

He is expected to seek President Xi Jinping’s commitment to exerting further pressure on North Korea, whose sole ally is China, to halt its nuclear programme.

This will be their first meeting since Mr Trump congratulated Mr Xi on his “extraordinary elevation” after the Chinese leader was handed a second term in power last month and his doctrine was written into the party constitution.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s nuclear ambitions will be a big topic during Mr Trump’s Asia visit

Vietnam: 10-12 November

Mr Trump will speak to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic (APEC) leaders’ meeting.

He will also meet with President Tran Dại Quang, who is hoping the American will reaffirm US commitment to the region after pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, of which Vietnam was going to be one of the biggest beneficiaries.

Philippines: 12-13 November

The President will attend a gala celebrating 50 years of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

He will also meet controversial president Rodrigo Duterte, who Mr Trump claims to have a “warm rapport” with.

Their relationship has caused anger with human rights watchdogs, who have condemned the leader’s war on drugs which has led to thousands of extrajudicial killings.

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