Trump five-nation tour to reflect ‘US’ commitment to Asia

Vastavam web: The five-nation Asia tour by President Donald Trump would be an important trip that would reflect on US’ commitment to meet the challenges posed by North Korea’s nuclear breakout and China’s bid for regional hegemony, according to a media report.Trump has left the White House on a 13-day trip during which he will visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.
The trip is not only Trump’s longest foreign trip as the US president but also the longest trip undertaken by a US president to Asia in more than a quarter century.Tensions have dramatically risen on the Korean peninsula after North Korea, early in September, conducted its biggest nuclear test, which its state-run KCNA news agency described as a hydrogen bomb.The report said Japan, Australia and India are moving toward a quadrilateral alliance with the US that could become the cornerstone of the Indo-Pacific vision.South Koreans are naturally sensitive about cooperation with Japan given their colonial past.
“India has doubts about Australia’s reliability after then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd pulled out of joint exercises a decade ago. Asian countries are increasingly reliant on China as a trading partner and investment source and thus are nervous about offending Beijing,” it said.
Meanwhile, the co-chairs of the Democratic Caucus’ National Security Task Force Congressmen Seth Moulton, Stephanie Murphy, and Jimmy Panetta in a statement urged the President to use his trip to demonstrate the United States’ ironclad commitment to security, stability and economic prosperity in the region, and send a clear signal of steadfastness to ally and adversary alike.China in the past had given less access to the American media during visits, Politico reported.
“On previous presidential trips, the Chinese government has often sought to limit the access of the US travelling press corps, attempting to bar reporters from events or limiting their ability to ask questions,” it said.The White House, according to Politico, said that it does not expect any problems.