Vice President Mike Pence began a ten-day Asia-Pacific tour this week, with stops in South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, and Australia.
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Last Friday, as Congress and the international community reacted to U.S. airstrikes in Syria, President Donald Trump completed his first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
This week, President Xi Jinping of China and President Donald Trump met for the first time.
Amid reports that construction on key Chinese-held reefs and islands is nearing completion, Chinese officials stated that the installations were for primarily civilian purposes, and suggested that coastal Asian nations should cooperate to realize their mutual interests.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson continued his tour of Asia over the weekend, visiting South Korea on Friday (though notably not dining with his hosts) and finishing up in Beijing on Saturday and Sunday.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson takes his inaugural trip to Asia, and the new administration announces the end of the "pivot to Asia."
China claimed progress on a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea this week, and the country’s bold plans to turn the Paracels into a tourist haven took steps forward
Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi made an unexpected visit to the White House earlier this week, becoming the highest-ranking senior Chinese official to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump since his inauguration.
This week, as ASEAN foreign ministers met in the Philippines, satellite photographs revealed that newly installed surface-to-air missile sites on artificial islands have approached completion, and an American carrier strike group arrived in the South China Sea.
China continued to react critically to the Trump administration’s emerging position on the South China Sea.