Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. Five countries in 11 days. On Donald Trump’s Asian tour, he’ll have to convince many of the Asian countries about the White House’s intentions in the region. (At the APEC Summit in Vietnam to be held on Nov. 10, he will likely also meet Vladimir Putin.)
Washington needs to reconfigure trust with its allies, but in recent months, given the excessive behaviors of the U.S. president and his “America First” doctrine, the policy of the world’s top power toward Asia seems confusing. Of course, China is not among the doubters.
Trump’s team has tried to reassure their hosts about the White House’s plans and the behavior the president will maintain during the tour: no Twitter statements and a higher level of focus than Trump usually seems to concede (or have), in addition to the need to avoid behaviors considered harmful by Asian partners.