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 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

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