Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Japan, Singapore, Australia, and Papua New Guinea from November 11 to 18 on behalf of President Donald Trump. The Vice President will represent the President at the U.S.-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit in Singapore as well as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Papua New Guinea. Vice President Pence will also participate in meetings with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, and Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, in addition to other bilateral meetings. National Security Advisor John Bolton will join the Vice President for the U.S.-ASEAN Summit and East Asia Summit in Singapore and APEC meetings in Papua New Guinea.
“The Vice President is honored to represent President Donald Trump at the U.S.-ASEAN Summit and APEC next week, where he will highlight American leadership in the region and reaffirm our commitment to freedom, economic prosperity, and security in the Indo-Pacific,” Alyssa Farah, Press Secretary for the Vice President said. “This will be Vice President Pence’s third trip to the region as Vice President and he will reaffirm the President’s commitment to the final, fully verified denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. He will also deliver the message that authoritarianism, aggression, and the disregard for other nations’ sovereignty by any nation in the Indo-Pacific will not be tolerated by the United States.”