Trump’s Visit to Asia: Grand Agenda, Nothing to Offer

Almost every nation across the globe has been talking about President Trump’s impending trip to Asia. During his first visit to the continent, Trump will come face to face with the new Japanese and Chinese leaders who are looking to set their path independent of American intervention.

According to the White House, this trip is an opportunity for the President to demonstrate his evolving close relationship with the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe and the Chinese President, Xi Jinping. The former is a powerful world leader who is encouraging his associates to demand fairer trade agreements with America.

Trump to formulate the Indo-Pacific policy

Despite the fact that Trump will miss the big summit meet of all leaders in Southeast Asia to be held in the beautiful Philippines, this will still remain the longest Asia tour done by any American President after George Bush (late 1991). Bush’s trip had come to an end in Tokyo as the President caught the flu and collapsed after an episode of vomiting.

According to Trump’s associates, the President will be involved in the articulation of a fresh policy in Vietnam. This policy will be based on the idea of an “open and free Indo-Pacific” region. The associates acknowledge that the idea originated in Japan, the nation that has been encouraging America to build relations with three maritime democracies including India, Australia, and Japan, for containing a growing China.

Officials from Japan had proposed the Indo-Pacific concept to two U.S. counterparts: Matthew Pottinger, the National Security Council’s Asia director, and Brian H. Hook, the policy planning head of the State Department.

Need China’s nod for new deals

The main concern of the onlookers is that it is quite unclear whether Trump is looking to bring any lucrative initiatives to the continent. He had earlier withdrawn America from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and is pushing for bilateral trade agreements that can replace the treaty. However, most Asian countries, including Japan, aren’t very open to Trump’s proposed negotiations. On the other hand, South Korea is hesitant to give into Trump’s demand for renegotiating the current trade agreement.

It is reported that Trump will visit Beijing with nearly 30 of his chief executives and the administration will likely announce new deals worth several billion dollars for the U.S. industry. However, officials are unsure about China agreeing to open its markets for the proposed deals.

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