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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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 - 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 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 - 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 - 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 - 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%)…

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 - 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…