President Barack Obama arrived Saturday afternoon in Hangzhou, China, where he will join other world leaders for the Group of 20 (G-20) summit.
He will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of the summit.
After the G-20 summit Sunday and Monday, the U.S. leader will travel to Vientiane, Laos, for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and East Asia summits Tuesday through Thursday.
Obama, on his 11th trip to Asia as president, faces a long list of tough issues during the G-20 summit, where leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies are expected to have a robust debate about how best to stimulate the sluggish global economy and push ahead against climate change.
Obama spoke Thursday in Honolulu to a group that included the Pacific Island Conference of Leaders, telling them, “No nation, not even one as powerful as the United States, is immune from a changing climate.”
Obama has worked throughout his two four-year terms to bolster America’s power and influence in Asia. The future of his strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region and his legacy there are still uncertain, however.
Obama has said the foreign policy rebalance is critical to America’s future security and prosperity.
Key meetings at the G-20 meeting will include talks between Obama and Xi, as well as between the U.S. leader and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Ergodan. Obama also most likely will speak on the sidelines with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Obama will meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday, a White House official said. It will be their first official meeting since May took office in July, following David Cameron’s resignation after the British vote to leave the European Union.