Asia Reacts to...

The Asia Reacts to... series highlighted 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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The Nominations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump - South Korea

On July 19, 2016 and July 26, 2016, respectively, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton officially became their parties' nominees for President of the United States. In addition to coverage of debates, which will appear on separate pages in the Asia Reacts to... series, this page chronicles how Asian media viewed the two candidates in the lead up to Election Day. SOUTH KOREA

"In late June, the…

The Nominations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump - India

On July 19, 2016 and July 26, 2016, respectively, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton officially became their parties' nominees for President of the United States. In addition to coverage of debates, which will appear on separate pages in the Asia Reacts to... series, this page chronicles how Asian media viewed the two candidates in the lead up to Election Day. INDIA

"Irrespective of the change in…

The Nominations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump - Malaysia

On July 19, 2016 and July 26, 2016, respectively, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton officially became their parties' nominees for President of the United States. In addition to coverage of debates, which will appear on separate pages in the Asia Reacts to... series, this page chronicles how Asian media viewed the two candidates in the lead up to Election Day. MALAYSIA

"While Americans remain undecided over their next…

Republican National Convention - Taiwan

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. TAIWAN

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Deputy Secretary Lee Chun-yee, who is leading a delegation to attend the Republican National Convention (RNC), said the…

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…

Republican National Convention - South Korea

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. SOUTH KOREA

"'Trump's speech should be seen as a warning about the security alliance between the two countries regardless of the U.S. presidential election result."…

Republican National Convention - India

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. INDIA

"In February, [Trump] said ] 'India is taking our jobs. It is not going to happen anymore, folks!' But the Republican platform…

Republican National Convention - Australia

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. AUSTRALIA

"The tendency of Trump (and Hanson and Xenophon) to offer protectionism as an answer is the scariest…

Republican National Convention - New Zealand

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. NEW ZEALAND

"He [Trump] seems to regard foreign security commitments with much the same distaste he has for trade deals. He sees them as…

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…

Republican National Convention - Singapore

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. SINGAPORE

An in-depth look into how a potential Trump presidency would affect the economies of Asia.

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.

SOUTH KOREA

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

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Deployment - North 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.

NORTH KOREA

“The decision disclosed that Park Geun Hye is the rare traitor and…

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 - Pan-Asian Views

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). PAN-ASIAN VIEWS

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

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

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

SOUTH KOREA

"'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 - 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."

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

JAPAN

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

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 - 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

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

CHINA

"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.

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

JAPAN

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…

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

NORTH KOREA

"In the lengthy column, Trump is described as a 'wise politician and presidential candidate with foresight' for his comments about the U.S. potentially withdrawing its troops from South Korea if Seoul doesn't bear the costs."

"It is up to…

Reactions to the Likely Nomination of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump - Pan-Asian Views

PAN-ASIAN VIEWS

Interviews with citizens of Tokyo, Japan, Beijing, China, and New Dehli, India on their impressions of the presidential candidates and the future of bilateral relations with the United States.

Experts from…

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

SOUTH KOREA

English language television news station profiles the scenarios facing South Korea depending on who is elected the next President of the United States.

"A military alliance is a scared affair that requires the sacrifice of thousands of lives as partners strive to fulfill the promise…

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

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."

"India…

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

INDONESIA

Any country, especially big countries, seen making policies about 'radicalism' or discrimination according to religion will be a bad issue. [...] Of course there will be an impact, not for Indonesia, but for his business [Trump's involvement in resorts in Indonesia]." - Jusuf Kalla, Vice President of Indonesia

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

MALAYSIA

"For me, it is not so much about his [Donald Trump's] policies, but more about the people that emerged from this whole mess. Now, it is perfectly okay to declare your love for Trump, while at the same time implying that you support all of his xenophobic claims. That to me is much more worrying than Trump himself." - Farhana Hasni, currently living in Fullerton, California

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

NEW ZEALAND

"New Zealanders would be most unwise to take the prospect of an upset Trump victory lightly. Our country's two most important economic and foreign policy goals: continued open access to the Chinese market under the China-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement; and steadily improving access to the US and Japanese markets under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would both be threatened by a…

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

AUSTRALIA

"For 77% of Australian adults, Hillary Clinton is the preferred US President, with only 11% saying they would prefer Donald Trump. Most Australians (84%) say Hillary Clinton would do a better job of handling US foreign policy. Only 10% prefer Donald Trump for handling US foreign policy. Further, nearly six in ten Australians (59%)…

Donald Trump's First Foreign Policy Speech - South Korea

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

"[...] Trump's consistently isolationist line - insisting that the US 'can't be the policeman to the world' and dismissing the possibility of North Korea starting a war with South Korea and Japan by saying 'if they do, they…

Donald Trump's First Foreign Policy Speech - Australia

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

"Fully realised, Mr. Trump's Asia sounds like something in a dystopian science-fiction comic. Battered by sanctions, drivers in Tokyo are forced to abandon their Toyotas and Nissans for Fords and Chevrolets. Encouraged by warm overtures from the White House…

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'…

Donald Trump's First Foreign Policy Speech - Japan

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

"I want to see the United States to be strong and come with a strong robust position, not really thinking of the United States only." - H.E. Kenichiro Sasae, Japanese Ambassador to the United States

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 - Philippines

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

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

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