Trump visits Asia

Published: 11.10.2017
Level 4   |   Time: 2:50
Accent: British, Australia
Source: BBC News(11.10.2017)

Trump visits five different countries in Asia.


triangle Directions

  1. REVIEW the vocabulary / background.
  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers. (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary

  • reassert [v] - restate
  • betray [v] - change sides, leave your team/partner/group
  • foes [n] - enemies
  • engaged [adj] - promised to be married
  • photo-ops [n] - photo opportunities (usually arranged, not real action)
  • bombastic [adj] - inflated, sounding important but not actually being important
  • tirade [n] - an outburst of anger, yelling for a long time
  • diplomacy [n] - behavior that is trying to build relationships
  • slogan [n] - phrase that represents a group or person
  • forefront [n] - the front part of a battle or war (the most important part)
  • essentially [adv] - basically
  • counterweight [n] - something or someone that brings balance to a situation
  • counterpart [n] - the same position on a different team, country, etc.
  • surplus [n] - extra
  • whore [n] - prostitute; someone who has sex with many people
  • groupie [n] - someone who is a big fan; following a group or celebrity around

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Questions

  1. Which country is feeling a little less secure because of President Trump's tirades and speeches?
    North Korea
    South Korea

  2. What does the South Korean Government want President Trump to support?
    The THAAD missile system
    The Free Tibet Association
    The Free Trade Deal
    The PyeongChang Olympics

  3. What does the South Korean Government not want President Trump to shut the door to?
    President Moon Jae-in
    North America
    the cold winter winds

  4. Who has made himself out to be President Trump's "best friend" in Asia?
    President Duerte
    President Abe
    Xi Jinping

  5. What is President Trump's slogan?
    America First!
    Make America!
    Just America it!
    I. America. You.

  6. Whom did President Trump call "the King of China"?
    Qin Shihuang
    Mao Zedong
    Jack Ma (Ma Yun)
    Xi Jinping

  7. What topics should be at the forefront of President Trump's discussions in China?
    The South China Sea dispute
    North Korea's nuclear weapons
    North Korea's famine

  8. How does President Trump want Vietnam to cut its trade surplus with the US?
    By buying more American products.
    By selling more products to the USA.
    By closing the door to Chinese businesses.
    By opening more factories in the USA.

  9. What is supposed to be at "top of the agenda" for President Trump in the Philippines?
    The War on Drugs
    The War on Terror
    free trade deals
    improved relations

triangle Discussion

  1. Do you think this visit achieved/ will achieve any of the alleged goals?
  2. If you were President of Korea, what would you like from President Trump?
  3. Which Asian country do you think President Trump cares most about?
  4. Did you notice any examples of possible bias in any of the journalist’s opinions?

triangle Script

Donald Trump’s bombastic exchanges with North Korea over its weapons program, and his tirades against the Free Trade Agreement with South Korea, have left this country feeling a little less secure. The government here in Seoul will want the President to reassert the US – South Korean alliance, supporting the Free Trade Deal, and whilst standing firm against Pyeongyang, not shutting the door to diplomacy either.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made himself President Trump’s “best friend” in Asia. But that ‘groupie-like’ behavior, really betrays how worried Mr Abe really is. Why? Because President Trump’s slogan is “America first!”, where does that leave America’s oldest Asian ally?

Donald Trump has already called Xi Jinping the “King of China” so who knows what this visit will bring. But in theory, trade relations and dealing with North Korea’s nuclear weapons should be at the forefront of discussions here in Beijing.

The Obama administration worked hard to improve ties with America’s old foe. What Vietnam wants from President Trump is essentially ‘more of the same’. Military cooperation between the two countries is gradually increasing. Vietnam wants America engaged in the region as a counterweight to China, and President Trump will want Vietnam to cut its 30 billion dollar trade surplus by buying more American products.

Top of the agenda? Improved relations. When President Obama criticized this administration’s war on drugs, his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte called him “a son of a whore.” But things are very different under Donald Trump. He’s gone out of his way to praise Mr Duerte’s “unbelievable job” on drug problem. Expect charm offensives, and cheery photo ops.

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