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Opinion: President Trump’s trip to Asia will be important for U.S. security and prosperity

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FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump is unleashing new criticism of the probes into possible ties between his campaign associates and Russia. Trump, in a series of tweets, is making reference to what he calls "phony Trump/Russia ‘collusion,’ which doesn’t exist." He says Democrats are using a “witch hunt” for “evil politics.” (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - The president heads to Asia this week.

President Trump will visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

There are three keys to the visit.

First – North Korea. The president will use his meetings in South Korea and Japan to reaffirm our partnership with these close allies in keeping North Korea at bay and preventing it from becoming a nuclear power.

The state visit to China will be used partially to implore the regional power to, not only fully enforce the UN resolutions against North Korea, but hopefully pressure China separately in their direct dealings with North Korea. Let’s not forget that China accounts for about 90 percent of North Korea’s trade.

The second key is trade overall.

The president’s discussions with leaders of South Korea and China, among others, will be geared toward ensuring that our country does not continue to suffer historic trade deficits when doing business with our Asian partners. Protection of United States intellectual property from foreign theft will also be a vital topic.

The third key is U.S. leadership in Asia. The president will participate in Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation and ASEAN meetings. This will reaffirm that the U.S. is not only a leader in the Americas and Europe but is also the force to be reckoned with in Asia.

Here is the bottom line: this trip is extremely important. I would suggest that you follow the goings on of the various meetings closely as all of the fronts will be vital to American security and prosperity.