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.

*DISCLAIMER: Spelling in the quotations may be changed from British English to American English.*

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

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). INDIA

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

Reactions to the Likely Nomination of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump - India


"The feedback, from talking to American politicians and Indian diaspora, was unanimous. That Trump, despite the upswing in India-US relations during the Republican administration of George W Bush from 2000 to 2008, cannot be supported because of his anti-immigration stance and xenophobic statements."


Donald Trump's First Foreign Policy Speech - India

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

"Like many in Washington, Delhi has sniggered at Trump all these days. India must begin to take Trump seriously and assess the sources and consequences of America's changing worldview. [...] It now needs to engage those shaping the enormously successful campaign that has…

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

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. INDIA