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Things are about to get very busy for Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence. Ac­com­pa­nied by his wife, Karen, and two daugh­ters Char­lotte and Audrey, Mr. Pence departs Satur­day on a ma­jor 10-day tour which in­cludes stops in South Korea, Ja­pan, In­done­sia, Aus­tralia, and Hawaii.

The trip will “em­pha­size Pres­i­dent Trump’s con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to U.S. al­liances and part­ner­ships in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion, high­light the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s eco­nomic agenda, and un­der­score Amer­ica’s un­wa­ver­ing sup­port for our troops at home and abroad,” ac­cord­ing to the White House. There are also many “lis­ten­ing tours” and en­coun­ters with the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties on the agenda.

The Pence fam­ily will spend Easter Sun­day in Seoul with U.S. and Korean troops, and the vice pres­i­dent will meet with act­ing South Korean Pres­i­dent Hwang Kyo-ahn. Then it’s on to Tokyo and time with Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe and an on-board tour of the USS Ron­ald Rea­gan. Next up is Jakarta, In­done­sia and face time with Pres­i­dent Joko Wi­dodo, fol­lowed by a visit to Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, and a meet­ing Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull.

The vice pres­i­dent arrives in Honolulu on April 24 to meet with se­nior lead­er­ship from the Pa­cific Com­mand, visit the USS Ari­zona Me­mo­rial and spend time with U.S. troops and their fam­i­lies. Then it’s home to Wash­ing­ton.

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