Trump to set out vision for Asia in Vietnam

From Reuters - November 9, 2017

DANANG, Vietnam (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump landed in Vietnam on Friday for a summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries at which the White House said he will set out a vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific region likely to touch on both security and trade.

Trump arrived in Vietnam from China, on the fourth leg of his 12-day Asia trip, where he praised Chinese leader Xi Jinping as highly respected and Chinese media declared that the visit had set a new blueprint for handling U.S.-China relations and differences.

Trump broke early with the Pivot to Asia of the Obama administration, worrying some traditional allies that he would allow China to extend its increasing dominance.

APEC, which has long championed free trade, has itself been convulsed by the America First policy which Trump says is needed to give a better deal to American workers.

Since Trump abandoned the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal early in his presidency, the remaining 11 members have struggled to build momentum to keep it alive.


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