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Trump starts 5-country, 12-day Asia tour

President Trump waves as he boards Air Force One to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Photo: Andrew Harnik / AP

President Trump is departing on the longest trip of his presidency today: a five-country, 12-day tour of Asia intended to strengthen international resolve to denuclearize North Korea, promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region, and advance economic partnerships through fair trade.

Why it matters: The stakes for this trip couldn't be higher. North Korea is more dangerous than ever, and China continues to steal U.S. intellectual property and demand that American investors hand over their technology to Chinese state entities. And political uncertainty remains at a high, as the administration continues to throw international trade agreements into flux.