President Obama’s 7-Day Asian Tour Released; PH’s Visit Include COMET, Ft. Bonifacio

by Joseph G. Lariosa

MANILA (JGL) – President Obama will view a new electronic vehicle, the COMET, the day after he arrives in the Philippines on Monday, April 28, from Malaysia in what was billed as “Containment of China” seven-day Asian tour that kicks off on April 23 in Japan and continues to South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.

In a press briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes and National Security Advisor Susan Rice at the White House on April 18 (Good Friday), it was disclosed that President Obama will go to Fort Bonifacio, where he will give remarks to an audience that will include American and Filipino service members and veterans to underscore “our deep security cooperation over the years, but also our security cooperation in the current environment in the Asia Pacific as we seek to build out and advance the relationship between our militaries.”

Rhodes said after delivering his speech, President Obama will lay a wreath at the American Cemetery, “which holds such importance to those who fought in World War II. And that will conclude his visit and will return to the United States on that Tuesday, the 29th.”


When President Obama arrives on Monday, April 28, he and President Aquino will hold a bilateral meeting and hold a joint press conference. That night, he will attend a state dinner hosted by President Aquino.

The Asian trip will be Obama’s fifth but he was not able to make it to Malaysia and the Philippines in 2013 due to the government shutdown as well as two of the U.S.’s closest allies, Japan and Republic of Korea.

On April 23rd, Wednesday, in Tokyo, President Obama will have a private dinner with Japan’s Prime Minister Abe.

In the next morning, he will have an official arrival ceremony at the Imperial Palace. It will be followed by a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with Prime Minister Abe. 


President Obama will proceed to Miraikan Science and Youth Event that involves a tour of an exposition, where he will also give brief remarks. The exposition is part of the “comparative strength of the U.S.-Japan relationship economically, and we’ll be able to lift up some that science and technological cooperation and innovation through this event. Afterwards, the President will have a cultural visit to a Meiji shrine.”

In the afternoon, President Obama will attend a business roundtable with business leaders in Japan to promote SelectUSA Initiative that serves to advance investment and job creation in the United States.  A state dinner follows hosted by the Emperor.

Besides Philippines and Japan, President Obama is scheduled to visit Korea and Malaysia.

In Korea, President Obama will have a meeting with business leaders to discuss a U.S.-Korea economic relationship, both the SelectUSA Initiative, also the implementation of KORUS, the two countries’ free trade agreement.  Afterwards, President Obama will head to the Combined Forces Command, where he will have a briefing from the commander on the ground there about efforts to be resolute in support of the Korean ally and also in the face of North Korean provocations.

President Obama’s visit to Malaysia will be the first visit by a President of the United States since Lyndon Johnson. After an arrival ceremony, he will attend a royal audience and state dinner that evening.

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