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Donald Trump to pay State visit after attending APEC Summit

Released at: 17:40, 17/10/2017

Donald Trump to pay State visit after attending APEC Summit

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) and President Donald Trump at a meeting in White House on May 31. (Photo: VNA)

White House confirms November visit.

by Quang Huy

US President Donald Trump’s trip to Vietnam in November will also include an official State visit after his attendance at the APEC Summit, the White House confirmed in what appears to be a symbolic move to allay concerns that the trip may possibly not proceed.

The President will meet senior Vietnamese leaders in Hanoi on November 11, the White House said in an October 16 statement. A day earlier, he will attend the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and deliver a speech at the CEO Summit. The six-day summit will open on November 6 in the central city of Da Nang, with other world leaders including China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin expected to attend.

Typically, heads of State on an official visit to Vietnam will meet the country’s triumvirate of leaders - Communist Party Chief Nguyen Phu Trong, State President Tran Dai Quang, and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. According to the statement, President Quang will host the formal welcoming ceremony.

Mr. Trump’s visit is part of his Asia tour, which will mark the first time he has traveled to the region since taking office. Joined by his wife, he will be stopping in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Hawaii between November 3 and 14. He will also be attending an ASEAN conclave in the Philippines.

In late September, the White House only confirmed Mr. Trump’s attendance at the APEC Summit, but an official visit to Hanoi had been anticipated.

Vietnam is Southeast Asia’s largest exporter to the U.S. After his election victory, Mr. Trump ended the US’s involvement in the TPP, the mammoth US-led trade deal whose 12 members make up nearly 40 per cent of global GDP, dismantling the signature policy of his predecessor Barack Obama.

Last May, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc paid an official visit to the White House, beginning a series of Washington visits by Southeast Asian leaders who were seeking to gauge Mr. Trump’s policies toward the flashpoint East Sea, tensions over which have pitted Beijing against its smaller neighbors in the region, including Vietnam.

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