Background Press Call on the Vice President's Travel to South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, and Australia
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: we’re going to explain, lay out the administration’s policies to our allies, to our partners in the Asia Pacific region, and to develop some personal connections.....
BigNews.Biz - Apr 15,2017 - Background Press Call on the Vice President's Travel to South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, and Australia
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SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Good afternoon, guys. Some of you I’ve met before. For folks I haven’t met, look forward to seeing you on Saturday. For the purpose of the Vice President’s upcoming trip to Seoul, to Tokyo, to Jakarta, and to Sydney, we’re going to explain, lay out the administration’s policies to our allies, to our partners in the Asia Pacific region, and to develop some personal connections with key interlocutors as we conduct economic dialogues and business relationships and business listening session.
A couple of key themes that you’ll see reinforced throughout each visit with our alliances -- that we are fully committed to our security alliances, especially in the face of our evolving security challenges. And you’ve seen the nuclear threat of North Korea, and we’ll reinforce those security alliances.
Also, a purpose of the visit -- its key theme is our economic engagement -- that withdrawing from the TPP shouldn’t be seen as a retreat from the region. Quite on the contrary, that our economic presence in the region and during continues to grow; our commitment to APEC, our existing bilateral agreement. And we'll talk about the new economic dialogues with Japan, and as you saw with President Xi Jinping with China. And our economic presence in the region is enduring. We'll talk about how to level the playing field and how to maximize growth for the United States.
And then I would say the third theme that we'll reinforce is our partnership -- partnerships with our key countries, for example, Indonesia; partnerships with key institutions like ASEAN; those organizations that help advance our efforts in defeating ISIS; those organizations that assist with the denuclearization of North Korea; and then just upholding the rules-based order.
Do you want me to go through some of the key meetings or messages with those meetings?
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Yeah, I think that will be good.
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Okay. I'll try these in chronological order, but bear with me if they're a little bit out of order. Our visit with the Acting President, as we go into Seoul, the Vice President is going to reaffirm our commitment -- ironclad U.S.-ROK alliance. And the Vice President is going to underscore intent -- we're going to continue to consult with the Republic of Korea on North Korea's efforts to advance its ballistic missile and its nuclear program. So that will be critical as we sit down with the Acting President.
Kind of similarly with the key heads of state as the Vice President talks with Prime Minister Abe, he'll underscore about the alliance and building on the discussion that the President had here, underscoring the alliance that they continue to serve as the cornerstone of peace and security in Asia and, obviously, as a platform for our global cooperation. The Vice President, I would anticipate, he'll exchange views with Prime Minister Abe, and