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Obama set to visit Vietnam, Japan

U.S. President Barack Obama listens to remarks at the University of Chicago Law School in Chicago, Illinois, United States, in this April 7, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Jim Young/Files
U.S. President Barack Obama listens to remarks at the University of Chicago Law School in Chicago, Illinois, United States, in this April 7, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Jim Young/Files

U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to Vietnam and Japan from May 21 to 28, on what will be his tenth trip to Asia.

This trip will highlight the President’s ongoing commitment to the U.S. Rebalance to Asia and the Pacific, designed to increase U.S. diplomatic, economic, and security engagement with the countries and peoples of the region.

Obama will first visit Vietnam, where he will hold official meetings with Vietnam’s leadership to discuss ways for the U.S.-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership to advance cooperation across a wide range of areas, including economic, people-to-people, security, human rights, and global and regional issues.

In Hanoi, Obama will deliver a speech on U.S.-Vietnam relations.

During meetings and events in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, he will discuss the importance of approving the Trans-Pacific Partnership this year.

The President also will meet with members of civil society, the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative, entrepreneurs, and the business community.

In Japan, Obama will participate in his final G-7 Summit in Ise-Shima. This gathering will enable the G-7 leaders to advance common interests across the full range of economic and security priorities and to address pressing global challenges.

Obama and Prime Minister Abe will meet bilaterally to further advance the U.S.-Japan alliance, including our cooperation on economic and security issues as well as a host of global challenges.

Finally, Obama will make an historic visit to Hiroshima with Prime Minister Abe to highlight his continued commitment to pursuing the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. (MJD)

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