Trump to visit South-east Asia, attend US-Asean summit in November

By Today Online | 26 April 2017 
JAKARTA — American President Donald Trump will visit South-east Asia in November, said Vice-President Mike Pence as he visited Jakarta on Thursday (April 20), adding that Washington would engage regional countries on security, trade, and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.

Mr Pence said in a statement after meeting the secretary-general of the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) that Mr Trump would attend the United States-Asean summit and the East Asia summit in the Philippines, as well as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Vietnam.

He said the Trump administration would work with Asean on security issues, trade and the South China Sea.

Earlier in the day, Mr Pence met Indonesian President Joko Widodo and said both sides would beef up efforts to combat terrorism.

“One of the greatest threats we face is the rise and spread of terrorism,” he said at a joint press conference with the Indonesian leader.

He also praised Indonesia’s moderate form of Islam.

“As the largest majority-Muslim country, Indonesia’s tradition of moderate Islam, frankly, is an inspiration to the world,” he said.

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