Pence's Muslim outreach in Indonesia, where 90 percent of the 255 million inhabitants are followers of the faith, has been welcomed locally but it is unlikely to be enough to assuage fears that the Trump administration is anti-Islam.
Pence is scheduled to meet Indonesian President Joko Widodo before holding talks on bilateral relations with his counterpart Jusuf Kalia, Efe news reported.
USA misleads allies on DPRK deterrence effortDuring his Asia-Pacific trip, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has filled his speeches with words of reassurance to allies in the face of an escalating crisis on the Korean peninsula.
Pence is visiting Indonesia a day after the Indonesian capital Jakarta elected a new Muslim governor who rode a wave of conservative Islamist votes to defeat an incumbent Christian on trial charged with blasphemy against the Koran.
In South Korea and Japan, Pence played down protectionist declarations of "America first" and reaffirmed USA treaty commitments to the security of the two countries as tensions rise over Pyongyang's nuclear programme.
Mattis did not identify the type of missile but said it was not of intercontinental range, meaning it could not reach US territory.
The US administration has come under criticism following revelations that the strike group led by the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson was actually heading in the opposite direction despite an earlier announcement that it would be heading to waters off the Korean Peninsula. "We believe that through discussions and negotiations among nations apart from North Korea that we may well be able to bring the kind of economic and diplomatic pressure that would result in North Korea finally abandoning its nuclear ambitions and its ballistic missile program".
"The vice president is well aware that the US needs to do more in the wake of walking away from the TPP to message USA economic staying power", Sumpter explained.
Pence said the North represents the most unsafe and most immediate threat in the Asia-Pacific and President Donald Trump is determined to confront that threat by marshaling unprecedented cooperation with allies in the region, China and the world.
Japan and 10 other signatory nations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership will discuss the possibility of putting the free trade pact into force without the participation of the United States, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso said Wednesday.
Yesterday as Mike Pence, the vice- president, addressed sailors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, docked at Yokosuka in Japan, doubts were surfacing about America's commitment to its allies in the region.
A senior administration official told CGTN that before April 9, the White House had made a decision to move the carrier group towards the Korean peninsula after naval exercises with the Australians in the Indian Ocean.
Pence told the ship's captain that he had spoken to President Donald Trump, and Trump "wishes he were here".
Now on the second leg of his 10-day trip in Asia, Pence said the Trump administration would actively work with South Korea, Japan and China to apply more economic and diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang.
Yesterday China expressed "serious concern" at North Korea's nuclear development.