Asia -- November 2009
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CW: Jim Fallows of the Atlantic backs me up -- again -- on the wrong-headed negative assessments by the U.S. press of President Obama's Asia trip.
Update from Fallows here.
... AND if you missed it (I linked the individual post earlier), Fallows wraps up his series of posts on President Obama's Asia excursion.
CW: More Evidence I Was Right Not to Link those Stupid Articles (New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal) about What a Failure President Obama's Asia Trip Was. Jon Pomfret & Joby Warrick of the Post: the U.S. persuaded China to back it on pressuring Iran to give up its nuclear weapons program.
Here's Scott Horton's take on the U.S. press coverage of President Obama's Asia trip, the gist of which is the press is clueless. Horton also notes (as I haven't) that the U.S. press was equally ignorant of Secretary Clinton's trip to Pakistan & German Chancellor Angela Merkel's speech before a joint session of Congress.
The President speaks to U.S. troops at Osan Air Force Base:
Presidents Obama & Lee's full joint press conference:
AFP: South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said today his government is ready to engage in talks to ease U.S. automakers' concerns about a stalled free trade agreement, as President warned that several issues still had to be settled.
Pomp & circumstance, Korean style. Pretty cool:
President Obama is in Korea. Agence France Presse story here.
AP: U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, a Republican, criticizes the U.S. major media for their largely negative accounts (CW: none of which I've bothered to link because the stories were such crap) of the President's visit to China, noting that
the visit had yielded important progress on cooperation in areas such as clean energy, military-to-military exchanges and stopping the spread of nuclear weapons.
Raw video: President Obama visits the Great Wall:
Presidents Obama & Hu's joint press conference:
U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman on the bilateral meetings. Huntsman is a conservative Republican:
...our President today...was extremely forceful and comprehensive in hitting on every one of the major issues that we try to manage in our bilateral relationship... And I've got to tell you that as one observer and someone who takes this relationship seriously, as the on-site manager, I was very, very proud of our President.
New York Times: Presidents Obama & Hu Jintao of China met in private off Tiananmen Square to discuss issues like trade, climate change and the nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea, but their public appearances were boiler plate scripts & neither took questions from reporters.
Reuters: President Obama says China agrees that Iran must prove its nuclear program is "peaceful & transparent," but President Hu was more circumspect.
China Censors Speech on Free Speech. Perfect! AP: President Obama's oblique criticism of China's blocked online and shown on only one regional television channel.""was not widely heard in China where his words were
Pool Report: President Obama dines with Chinese President Hu Jintao.
New York Times: President Obama will prod China's leaders to get tough on Iran, will discuss climate change, North Korea & global economic crisis.
AFP: President Obama has arrived in Beijing.
President Obama's full town hall meeting for youth in Shanghai, China:
New York Times: at a town hall in China, President Obama gingerly challenged China to the lift its controls on the Internet & online social networking. CW: or as Politico puts it, the President urged China to "Tear Down this Firewall."
President Obama meets with Shanghai Party Secretary Yu Zhengsheng to discuss business relations between the U.S. & China:
President Obama made a last-minute, unscheduled stop in Singapore to attend a breakfast with world leaders discussing the agenda for the Copenhagen climate change meeting.
New York Times: APEC leaders agree to punt at the Copenhagen climate change conference next month.
Washington Post: President Obama told leaders at the Asia-Pacific summit that they could no longer rely on debt-ridden U.S. shoppers to fuel their economies and that the U.S. must consume less and export more. Here's the full transcript of the President's remarks.
Here's a clip from the press availability following President Obama's meeting with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev:
New York Times: President Obama & Russian President Dimitri Medvedev, who met at the Asia-Pacific summit, said today they were dissatisfied with Iran’s response to a nuclear offer made by world powers; they also made progress in negotiating a replacement arms control treaty between the U.S & Russia. Here's the transcript of the Presidents' statements.
President Obama & Thai PM Vejjajiva speak in Singapore:
Here is a transcript of President Obama's & Thailand PM Vejjajiva's remarks after their bilateral meeting.
Here is a transcript of President Obama's & Indonesian President Yudhoyono's remarks following their meeting.
Reuters: at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, President Obama shook hands with Myanmar PM Thein Sein & called for the release of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Politico, Nov. 14: President Obama is in Singapore for the APEC meetings.
New York Times: President Obama addresses a Japanese audience:
U.S. Rubes Decry the President's Good Manners. Politico item here:
... AND Steve Benen peruses the right wing blogosphere's horrified reaction, with a final plea for "better conservatives." ...
... Let's give Jake Tapper's academic friend the last word on the "bow shot 'round the world" & faggedaboudit.
President Obama & Japanese PM Hatoyama hold a press conference:
Transcript of full remarks by PM Hatoyama (in translation) & President Obama.
AP: in a joint news conference with Japan's PM Yukio Hatoyama, President Obama said "his decision about how many troops to send to will come soon and he is bent on 'getting this right.'" See video of full press conference above.
Washington Post: President Obama, like every other U.S. President since 1945, declines to go to Hiroshima.
President Obama arrives in Japan. Raw video:
Helene Cooper & Martin Fackler of the New York Times analyze President Obama's goals in Asia. This story has been updated to report that President Obama has made a concession on the U.S. base on Okinawa.