Obama Leaves Saturday for Asia Trip

Saturday Obama leaves for a weeklong, two-nation Asia visit, including a stop at Hiroshima, Japan, site of the world’s first nuclear attack. He will visit Vietnam and Japan from May 21-28 on what will be his 10th trip to Asia.

A White House statement said the trip will highlight Obama’s ongoing commitment to the U.S. Rebalance to Asia and the Pacific, and is designed to increase U.S. diplomatic, economic and security engagement with the countries and peoples of the region.

May 21: Obama leaves Washington Saturday afternoon to begin his trip.

May 23-24: He arrives in Hanoi Monday, where he will hold official meetings with Vietnam’s leadership. Economic and security issues are expected to be high on the agenda. In Hanoi, Obama will deliver a speech on U.S.-Vietnam relations.

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

May 25: Obama leaves for Japan.

May 26-27: Obama will participate in his final G-7 Summit in Ise-Shima, Japan.

May 27: Obama will make a historic visit to Hiroshima with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

VOA

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