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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Republican National Convention - China and Hong Kong

From July 18-21, 2016, the United States held its Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio. During the convention, the Republican Party officially nominated Donald Trump and Mike Pence as its 2016 presidential nominee and vice presidential nominees, respectively, and released its party platform. CHINA

"The Chinese internet users who support Trump do so for a number of different reasons. Many see…

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Deployment - South Korea

On July 8, 2016 the US and South Korea announced that Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) batteries would be stationed on the Korean peninsula. On July 14, 2016 the US and South Korea announced the location for THAAD would be Seongju, roughly 100 miles south of South Korea’s capital, Seoul.

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"The findings published on Aug. 12 from a regular survey by Gallup Korea…

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Deployment - China

On July 8, 2016 the US and South Korea announced that Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) batteries would be stationed on the Korean peninsula. On July 14, 2016 the US and South Korea announced the location for THAAD would be Seongju, roughly 100 miles south of South Korea’s capital, Seoul.

CHINA

Political cartoon depicting a bald eagle [the United States] forcing a Korean man to pull a truck labeled THAAD while…

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Fourth Visit to the United States - China

On June 8, 2016 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his three-day visit to the United States with a speech before a joint session of Congress. Since coming to office in 2014, Prime Minister Modi has now visited the United States four times and met with President Obama seven times. During this most recent visit, President Obama announced that the United States formally recognizes India as a "major defense partner" and supports India's bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). CHINA

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

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"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…

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

Reactions to the Likely Nomination of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump - China and Hong Kong

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"That's because the Republican Party is more practical and Trump is a businessman who puts his commercial interests above everything else." - Wu Jun, political commentator, Hong Kong Phoenix Television

Eight Chinese scholars debate how Donald Trump will influence the US-China relationship given the likelihood of his nomination.

Donald Trump's First Foreign Policy Speech - China and Hong Kong

On April 27, 2016, Republican front-runner Donald Trump outlined his foreign policy in a speech at the Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington, DC. CHINA

"Even though he voiced willingness to develop a good relationship with China, his blinkered knowledge of US-China business cooperation is worrying. Accusing China's economic presence in the US as an 'assault on American jobs,' and claiming that the US has 'economic power'…

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's Trip to India and the Philippines - China

During his recent visit to the Asia-Pacific from April 9 - 18, 2016, Secretary of Defense Ashton "Ash" Carter held a joint press conference with Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar to announce that the United States and India have "agreed in principle" on finalizing a Logistical Support Agreement (LAS) and Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI). He also revealed for the first time that the United States has been conducting joint naval patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea. CHINA