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Trump to skip Asean summits

Trump to skip Asean summits

US President Donald Trump will not attend regional summits with Asian allies in November but will send Vice President Mike Pence instead, the White House announced.

Pence will travel to Singapore to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit and the East Asia Summit, it said.

He will then go on to Papua New Guinea for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings, the White House said.

Trump attended the Asean summit in the Philippines and the APEC summit in Vietnam last year.

The White House said Pence, while in Asia, would “highlight the United States’ vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, based on respect for sovereignty, the rule of law, and the principles of free, fair, and reciprocal trade.

“The Vice President looks forward to meeting with our allies and partners from across the region to advance security, prosperity, and freedom for all,”said the White House.

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