U.S. President Obama Makes Last Visit to Asia

With a little over four months remaining in his last term, U.S. President Barack Obama has arrived in Hangzhou, China for the G20 Summit. This will be his last scheduled trip to the region, and he is expected to address a bunch of important topics with the leaders from host China, The Philippines and Great Britain.

First up will be a series of important meetings with China’s President President Xi Jinping. After a scheduled joint signing of the recently ratified Paris climate change accord, the two leaders will settle in to discuss topics such as nuclear developments in North Korea, China’s economy, cyber crime issues throughout the world and the controversy surrounding China’s occupation of the South China Sea.

The latter of these issues figures to create a bit of tension as President Obama pleads with President Xi to honor the Hague council’s recent ruling that China must cease its rogue operations in the South China Sea. China’s has been found in violation of the rights of other nations in the area, including the rights of Vietnam, Malaysia and The Philippines. To date, China has rebuffed the Hague’s ruling, stating the appointed world counsel has no authority over the region.

From there, President Obama’s plans on meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, the controversial leader of The Philippines. Diplomacy will be the call of the day as these two allied leaders discuss possible human rights issues related to the recent killing of thousands of drug users and dealers in the islands. The killings have been prompted by Duterte’s campaign promise for an all out war on the drug trade in his country.

Finally, President Obama will get a chance for his first ever meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May. Among the topics to be covered will a number of global issues, focusing on Great Britain’s recent vote to exit the European Union.