President Obama's Trip to Vietnam and Japan: Five Things to Watch

The president will spend five days in Vietnam and Japan

ByArlette Saenz
May 21, 2016, 11:02 AM

— -- President Obama embarks on his tenth trip to Asia Saturday afternoon, a tour that will take him for the first time to two countries once considered bitter foes of the U.S.

The president will spend three days in Vietnam, stopping in the city's capital of Hanoi and the bustling urban center of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. He will then travel to Japan for two days where he will attend the G7 Summit in Ise-Shima and visit Hiroshima, a history-making moment as he becomes the first U.S. president to visit the city.

Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said the trip will highlight the president's commitment to the Asian-Pacific region.

"The Asia rebalance has been a central objective of the president's broader foreign policy and economic policy, rooted in our belief that this largest-emerging market in the world is critical to our future prosperity and also central to a whole host of critical U.S. national security interests as well," Rhodes said.

Here's a look at five things to watch during the president's week-long trip to Vietnam and Japan.

First U.S. President to Hiroshima

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