US Vice President Mike Pence will make his first visit to the Asia-Pacific region this month, but New Zealand has been left off the itinerary.

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The 10-day trip will take in Australia, Japan, Indonesia and the Republic of Korea, with a stop in Hawaii on the way back.

Mr Pence is expected to hold a series of meetings in Australia, including with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, as well as with US and Australian service members.

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"Focusing on American businesses, jobs, and the economy, Vice President Pence will join a listening session and give remarks to the US and Australian business community," a White House statement said.

The visit to the region comes as the US looks toward individual trade deals with Trans-Pacific Partnership member countries, including New Zealand.

– With NZN

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