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 - Japan

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. JAPAN

According to the report, conducted by Japanese research house Nomura, "While Mr. Trump has threatened trade barriers against…

President Barack Obama's Historic Visit to Hiroshima - South Korea

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. SOUTH KOREA

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

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"'The world thinks Japan is the atomic bomb victim. This is wrong. Japan is the country that began the war. Koreans are the victims of the atomic bomb." - Shim Jin-Tae, protestor

"If this situation continues [Japan being allowed to play the victim], Japan may say that its attack on Pearl Harbor…

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."

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

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Buzzfeed's Japan branch interviews Japanese residents and visitors in Hiroshima about what they want to tell President Obama as he prepares to visit Hiroshima.

"I want him to face our displays [depicting the destruction of the…

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

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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 - 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 - Japan

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Japanese officials weigh in on Hillary Clinton's presumptive nomination as the Democratic candidate for President of the United States.

"Mind you, the Japanese followed the 2008 election with tremendous interest. They seemed to look on the rise of Barack Obama [...] as a symbol of the great things of which the United…