Asia Reacts to...

The Asia Reacts to... series highlights how various Asian media are reacting to US politics, policy, and major events. Explore the collated sources below to gauge the complexities of the US-Asia relationship as seen from Asia.

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Expectations Ahead of President Barack Obama's Visit to Hiroshima - North Korea

NORTH KOREA

"Even if Obama visits the damaged city, he cannot hide his identity as a nuclear war fanatic and nuclear weapons proliferator." - Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), state news agency of North Korea

North Korea's official newspaper calls visit a means of hiding "the real nature [of the United States] as a nuclear criminal."

President Barack Obama's Historic Visit to Hiroshima - Australia

On May 27, 2016, President Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima, Japan and pay respects to the victims of the August 6, 1945, atomic bombing conducted by the United States during World War II. This page currently highlights both the expectations surrounding Obama's visit following the official confirmation of the visit on May 10, 2016, and reactions of the Asia Pacific community following the conclusion of the visit. AUSTRALIA

President Barack Obama's Historic Visit to Hiroshima - India

On May 27, 2016, President Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima, Japan and pay respects to the victims of the August 6, 1945, atomic bombing conducted by the United States during World War II. This page currently highlights both the expectations surrounding Obama's visit following the official confirmation of the visit on May 10, 2016, and reactions of the Asia Pacific community following the conclusion of the visit. INDIA

President Barack Obama's Historic Visit to Hiroshima - Japan

On May 27, 2016, President Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima, Japan and pay respects to the victims of the August 6, 1945, atomic bombing conducted by the United States during World War II. This page currently highlights both the expectations surrounding Obama's visit following the official confirmation of the visit on May 10, 2016, and reactions of the Asia Pacific community following the conclusion of the visit. JAPAN

Expectations Ahead of President Barack Obama's Visit to Hiroshima - China

CHINA

"The victims [in Japan] deserve sympathy, but the perpetrators could never shake off their responsibility." - Wang Yi, Chinese Foreign Minister

"Hiroshima should not serve as a card to be played in a game of politics. Instead, it should serve as a grim reminder of the atrocities misled governments [Japan's WWII…

Expectations Ahead of President Barack Obama's Visit to Hiroshima - India

INDIA

"Obama and Trump, if only inadvertently, have drawn attention to the deeper paradox of Japan's nuclear story. Although Japan was the first and only victim of atomic weapons, its post-war security has depended on the American "nuclear umbrella." Long before Trump, the credibility of the US's extended deterrence had come under some questioning in Asia."

President Barack Obama's First Visit to Vietnam - Thailand

From May 23 to 25, 2016 President Barack Obama took his first trip to Vietnam. During his trip, President Obama, alongside Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, eliminated the remainder of the arms embargo placed on Vietnam following the end of the Vietnam War 41 years ago (the ban had been partially lifted in 2014 but several components remained) and the normalization of US - Vietnam diplomatic ties in 1995. THAILAND

President Barack Obama's First Visit to Vietnam - China

From May 23 to 25, 2016 President Barack Obama took his first trip to Vietnam. During his trip, President Obama, alongside Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, eliminated the remainder of the arms embargo placed on Vietnam following the end of the Vietnam War 41 years ago (the ban had been partially lifted in 2014 but several components remained) and the normalization of US - Vietnam diplomatic ties in 1995. CHINA

President Barack Obama's First Visit to Vietnam - Japan

From May 23 to 25, 2016 President Barack Obama took his first trip to Vietnam. During his trip, President Obama, alongside Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, eliminated the remainder of the arms embargo placed on Vietnam following the end of the Vietnam War 41 years ago (the ban had been partially lifted in 2014 but several components remained) and the normalization of US - Vietnam diplomatic ties in 1995. JAPAN

President Barack Obama's First Visit to Vietnam - India

From May 23 to 25, 2016 President Barack Obama took his first trip to Vietnam. During his trip, President Obama, alongside Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, eliminated the remainder of the arms embargo placed on Vietnam following the end of the Vietnam War 41 years ago (the ban had been partially lifted in 2014 but several components remained) and the normalization of US - Vietnam diplomatic ties in 1995. INDIA

Secretary of State John Kerry's Historic Visit to Hiroshima - Japan

On April 1, 2016, US Secretary of State John Kerry became the first Secretary of State to visit Hiroshima, Japan. During his visit, Secretary Kerry paid his respects at the Hiroshima Peace Park, which honors the victims of the atomic bomb that was dropped on the city by the United States during World War II on August 6, 1945. His visit was seen as a possible means of paving the way for a visit by President Obama while he is in Japan for the G-…