Trump outlines Pacific 'dream' at APEC

U.S. President Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump

PM Narendra Modi's economic and inclusive growth policies have often been praised by leaders across the globe and it has come as no surprise that the leader who is considered to be most powerful - President of the United States Donald Trump.

Trump directly alluded to the Indo-Pacific strategy when he said, "But for this..."

Reports state that the East Asia Summit is expected to echo India's longstanding position on the need for joint efforts to counter terrorism globally and adopt declarations to this effect. Kim was accompanying Moon on a presidential visit to the Southeast Asian nation.

In August, when both the leaders had met in Washington during PM Modi's United States visit, Donald trump had left no stone unturned to welcome PM Modi but also praised his work and leadership qualities.

"We hope that the Asia-Pacific region can become a stable, prosperous and orderly region....where we are capable of managing differences and have the wisdom to resolve the disputes", she said.

Before his trip to Korea earlier this week, Trump visited Japan and had a summit with Abe.

The external affairs ministry said the discussions focused on cooperation based on converging vision and values for promotion of peace, stability and prosperity in an increasingly inter-connected region.

But later in day, Cheong Wa Dae changed its position, saying Seoul and Washington have agreed to "explore areas of possible cooperation" in the Indo-Pacific context.

Analysis: To say Donald Trump enjoys the spotlight may be the understatement of the century. "If you look at the statement, President Trump is the subject of the particular sentence, not the two presidents".

Mr Trump wants the USA to be the most powerful in the region.

The new initiative appears to pose a tough choice for South Korea which is squeezed in between the rivalry involving its traditional ally and biggest trade partner.

A senior official of the Blue House admitted to the JoongAng Ilbo that China was the main factor in Korea's reluctance to associate itself with the term.

"What we will no longer do is enter into large agreements that tie our hands, surrender our sovereignty, and make meaningful enforcement practically impossible", he told the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam on Friday.

'President Trump did not say it was targeting China, so there is no reason to believe it is targeting China, ' he said.

Seoul's dilemma was conspicuous on Thursday when President Moon Jae-in's aides made confused remarks about whether it accepts Trump's new approach, from a flagrant rejection to delicate reservation and then active consideration.

With Trump pulling out of the deal and focussing inwards, there has been some concern about what the U.S. shrinking away from its traditional leadership role will mean for others in the region.

Tokyo "is trying to build a diplomatic line including Japan, Australia, India and the USA, but there's no need for us to be part of it", Moon aide Kim Hyun-chul told South Korean reporters Thursday in Jakarta.

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