US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) shake hands prior to a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. (SAUL LOEB / POOL / AFP)
WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump is likely
to make a stop in China in November during his first official visit to Asia, a
US official said on Tuesday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping had invited Trump to visit China during
their meeting in April in Palm Beach, Florida. The two leaders also met on the
sidelines on the G20 summit in July.
Trump is set to attend the US-ASEAN summit and the East Asia summit in the Philippines in November, as well as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam
Trump is set to attend the US-ASEAN summit and the East Asia summit
in the Philippines in November, as well as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
(APEC) summit in Vietnam.
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Japanese public broadcaster NHK cited unnamed diplomatic sources saying
that Trump was also considering visiting Japan and South Korea during his Asian
tour in November.
In February, Trump accepted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's invitation to
visit Japan by the end of the year.
"The February agreement is still valid. We would definitely like to
make it happen sometime within this year. But no specific timing has been fixed
yet," a Japanese Foreign Ministry official said.
Also, the Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun said on Wednesday Japan, the United States and South Korea are in final stages of talks to hold a trilateral summit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
The newspaper, citing unnamed government sources, reported the meeting
between Trump, Abe and South Korean President MoonJae-in could take place on
Sept 21 and would focus on bolstering cooperation in response to provocation from the Democraric People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
On Monday, the UN Security Council unanimously voted to step up
sanctions on DPRK, with its profitable textile exports now banned and fuel
In Hong Kong, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told the South China Morning Post the results of a US-led investigation into alleged Chinese intellectual property theft would be announced before the Beijing summit to reset bilateral trade.
The far-right architect of Trump's 2016 election victory, Bannon told an investor conference, organized by a unit of China's largest brokerage, that Trump and Xi had a rapport that should enable them to work out differences, said an attendee at the meeting which was closed to the press.
Bannon, who was let go by Trump last month, told a private lunch gathering in Hong Kong that he still "speaks with President Donald Trump every two to three days," the Wall Street Journal reported.