Amid heightened tensions with North Korea and strained relations with America's top allies in the region, President Donald Trump is set to take his first trip to Asia since winning last year's election. "He will also emphasize the importance of fair and reciprocal economic ties with America's trade partners", the statement continued.
But then, many senior officials such as secretaries of state, defence and commerce visited the region and moreover, the announcement of the Trump's visit gives birth to the new hopes. In one of his first acts as president, he abandoned the Trans-Pacific Partnership that President Barack Obama had negotiated to create a 12-nation free-trade zone; three of the nations he will visit were part of that pact: Vietnam, South Korea and Japan.
Trump has offered fiery rhetoric and a tough stance against the North's nuclear weapons program, declaring in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly last week that the USA would "totally destroy" North Korea if provoked.
The White House said that the U.S. wants complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and such a denuclearization should be verifiable and irreversible.
The war of rhetoric was resumed between Pyongyang and Washington after US President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang of a total destruction if it continues to threaten the United States and its allies.
North Korea has often marked significant events on its calendar by conducting weapons tests, such as its fifth nuclear test previous year on September 9, its founding anniversary. He hosted the Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a- Lago residence in the early part of his presidency and met the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Trump Towers in NY as the president-elect. "This has been an ongoing process for them long before we had an administration change", she said.
On Saturday, the United States flew its Air Force B-1B Lancer strategic bombers over global airspace over waters east of North Korea, the farthest north of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) it has flown this century, according to the Pentagon. Trump had exerted heavy pressure on China to rein in North Korea resulting in Beijing deciding to impose trade and banking embargo.
"We're looking at all of it", the official said.
Yang described Trump's visit as of great importance to the bilateral relationship.