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  • Indonesia to equip navy with Chinese-made missiles

    12/23/2009 11:34:41 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies · 749+ views
    People's Daily Online,China ^ | December 22, 2009
    Indonesia to equip navy with Chinese-made missiles 16:40, December 22, 2009 Indonesia is going to equip its own navy's warships with missiles made in China so as to upgrade combat capabilities, Agus Suhartono, Indonesian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral said Monday. "We will continue to procure C-802 missiles from China after we test the weapon with good results, he said adding that the Indonesian Navy was also negotiating with China to obtain C-705 missiles that were more slender in shape. C-705 "Both types of missile will be added to the armament of the navys fast patrol boats and Van Speijk...
  • Obama wrote a personal letter to North Korea's Kim Jong Il

    12/15/2009 8:52:32 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 37 replies · 1,680+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Dec 15, 2009 | Glenn Kessler
    President Obama has written a personal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il that was delivered by the administration's special envoy for North Korea during a visit to Pyongyang last week. The existence of the letter has been closely held, with the administration insisting to its partners in disarmament talks with North Korea that it not be publicly discussed. State Department and White House officials confirmed this week that envoy Stephen W. Bosworth delivered a letter from Obama for Kim, but they declined to describe its contents. "We do not comment on private diplomatic correspondence," said White House National...
  • AP source: Obama writes letter to NKorean leader

    12/15/2009 8:22:59 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies · 1,123+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec.15, 2009 | MATTHEW LEE
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has written a personal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il as part of an intense effort to draw the reclusive nation back to nuclear disarmament talks, a senior State Department official said Tuesday. The letter was delivered to North Korean officials last week by Obama's special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Bosworth, during a visit to Pyongyang aimed at restarting the stalled negotiations, the official said. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the diplomacy, would not describe the contents of the letter but said...
  • Modern Flourishes as Obamas Host First State Dinner ["Arugula From The White House Garden"]

    11/24/2009 5:37:35 PM PST · by Steelfish · 45 replies · 1,363+ views
    NYTimes ^ | November 24th 2009
    Modern Flourishes as Obamas Host First State Dinner RACHEL L. SWARNS November 24, 2009 WASHINGTON It is an old tradition, a White House dinner governed by ritual and protocol that happens to be this citys hottest social event. But at their first State Dinner on Tuesday night, President Obama and his wife, Michelle, made sure to infuse the glittering gala with distinctive touches. They hired a new florist, Laura Dowling, who bedecked the tented outdoor dining room with locally grown, sustainably harvested magnolias and ivy. They selected a guest chef, Marcus Samuelsson of Aquavit in New York, an American...
  • Obamas Failure to Understand Indian Distrust of China (Post-Asia Trip/Sri Lanka Press)

    11/22/2009 11:33:17 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 15 replies · 1,068+ views
    Sri Lanka Guardian (Colombo, Sri Lanka) ^ | 23 November 2009 | Dr. B. Raman, (India)
    "At a time when Indian public opinion was looking forward to fruitful results from the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the US, reports from Beijing on Obama's visit to China would strengthen the impression that Obama is not India's cup of tea." .................................................................................... By B.Raman (November 19, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) The failure of President Barack Obama to understand the distrust of China in large sections of the Indian civil society has landed the US in a situation in which the considerable goodwill between India and the US created during the administration of his predecessor George...
  • President Obama Didn't Impress Asia (he labeled himself "America's first Pacific president")

    11/22/2009 2:57:06 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 124 replies · 6,285+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 22, 2009 | John Bolton
    Barack Obama's first visit to Asia since his inauguration was one of the most disappointing trips by any U.S. president to the region in decades, especially given media-generated expectations that "Obamamania" would make it yet another triumphal progression. It was a journey of startlingly few concrete accomplishments, demonstrable proof that neither personal popularity nor media deference really means much in the hard world of international affairs. The contrast between Asia's reception for Obama and Europe's is significant. Although considered a global phenomenon, Obamamania's real center is Europe. There, Mr. Obama reigns as a "post-American" president, a multilateralist carbon copy of...
  • Video: SNL destroys Obama over spending

    11/22/2009 12:49:13 PM PST · by Lou Budvis · 36 replies · 3,398+ views
    Hot Air ^ | November 22, 2009 | Allahpundit
    Not only timely and topical, but genuinely funny. And unlike the last time they hit him hard, this attack comes from the right. Who knew they had it in em? Actually, spending is only a secondary concern here. The chief target is The Ones disintegrating credibility in selling his statist agenda. Never would I have guessed that the great orators inability to explain cost savings in ObamaCare would be the subject of late-night mockery this late in the game. No wonder his numbers are at new lows nationally and in the swing state that propelled him to the presidency.
  • Ahoy there! President Barack Obama catches the eye of a sailor during China visit

    11/18/2009 8:32:12 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 108 replies · 4,261+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Nov. 18, 2009 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Heads were certainly turned during Barack Obama's goodwill tour of China, as this cheeky sailor's expression reveals. The American leader was inspecting the country's naval forces yesterday when the sailor dropped his mask of indifference and openly gawped at the president. America and China emerged from hours of intense, closed-door talks yesterday after making little progress on the key issues that divide the two nations. Despite reaffirming the importance of greater U.S.-China co-operation to world peace and stability, President Obama and President Hu Jintao were unable to disguise the deep differences that separate their countries on trade, security, climate change...
  • Barack Obama dream fades as China visit fails to bring change

    11/21/2009 3:39:42 PM PST · by george76 · 68 replies · 2,266+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | November 22, 2009 | Tony Allen-Mills
    Even his allies feel let down by the presidents lack of progress both in Asia and at home. even one previously friendly newspaper noted dismissively: Obama goes to China, brings home a T-shirt. Nor was the steady decline in the presidents approval ratings ... The real problem may be Obamas friends or rather, those among his formerly most enthusiastic supporters who are now having second thoughts. The doubters are suddenly stretching across a broad section of the Democratic partys natural constituency. ... anti-war liberals depressed by the debate over troops for Afghanistan; and growing numbers of blue-collar workers who...
  • Is Obama hign when he says; US trade with Asia strengthens US jobs? Poll

    11/21/2009 2:39:06 PM PST · by DBlake · 31 replies · 1,166+ views
    Youpolls ^ | 11-21-2009 | Youpolls
    Facing rising unemployment and slipping poll numbers, Obama assured the public that creating new jobs...
  • "Hatoyama Vs. Obama -- The Scandal That Nobody Will Report" (Obama in Japan: My Translation)

    11/21/2009 9:18:54 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 110 replies · 6,830+ views
    Shukan Bunshun Weekly Magazine (Translated to English) ^ | 22 November 2009 (26 November 2009 Edition) | Shukan Bunshun Staff Writers
    "(Japan Prime Minister) Hatoyama Vs.Obama -- The Scandal That Nobody Will Report" (由紀夫 vs オバマ「書かれざるスキャンダル」)Reporters at the weekly Shukan Bunshun news magazine here in Tokyo, Japan have written a rather caustic report about President Obama's 23 hours in Tokyo last week, from a frank Japanese perspective, exclusively in the Japanese language, and released to the newstands just now. In that sense this is more or less an *FR Exclusive*. A number of eye-opening claims, pieces of information and details emerge about Obama's brief stay in Japan as part of his disastrous Asian trip--over and above the very controversial, near-"dogeza"...
  • Pence: Obama in China to visit our money

    11/20/2009 12:29:48 PM PST · by paltz · 2 replies · 303+ views
    Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 11/20/09 | Kerry Picket
    By Kerry Picket on Nov. 20, 2009 into Water CoolerEditSubscribe The American Spectator held its annual Robert L. Bartley dinner last night at the Capitol Hilton in Washington, DC. The dinner included speeches from the Spectators President Alfred S. Regnery, its Editor-in-Chief R. Emmet Tyrell, and Republican Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana. Pence rallied the crowd with a thoughtful address about the need to preserve the ideals of the American Revolution.
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (-14)

    11/18/2009 1:54:24 PM PST · by Typical_Whitey · 69 replies · 3,365+ views
  • China stifles Obama charisma

    11/17/2009 7:00:55 PM PST · by John W · 33 replies · 1,183+ views
    AFP ^ | November 17, 2009 | Stephen Collinson
    BEIJING Something got lost in transit in US President Barack Obama's visit to China -- the charismatic rhetoric and dominance of mass communication that took him from nowhere to the White House. Obama built his political persona with soaring speeches on a grand stage and by reaching out to a vast grassroots network on the Internet. But in China, Obama's hosts successfully stifled those prodigious public talents, keeping his message from the people with media censorship and smothering it in staid diplo-speak.
  • Video: Obama bows to Japanese Emperor Akihito

    11/17/2009 6:44:34 PM PST · by RGirard · 4 replies · 657+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | 11/16/2009 | Rne Girard
    By now you have most likely heard the news of President Barack Obama breaking protocol and bowing before the Japanese Emperor Akihito. This is something that U.S. Presidents do not do. It is something that Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Kings of other countries do not do. So why he did it remains a mystery. White house aides say Obama was simply following protocol; however, this is not protocol. It was not a simple bow to show respect, which would require a very slight tilt of the upper body. Instead, Barack Obama who stands 6' 2" practically bowed parallel to the...
  • Shocker: Obama Bows to Chinese

    11/17/2009 4:29:32 PM PST · by The Big Feed · 24 replies · 1,818+ views
    The Big Feed ^ | November 17, 2009 | Captain Thurston
    Behind the communist curtain, this video and photograph show Obama bowing at a town hall meeting in Shanghai, China. The man he bowed before wasn't royalty. He was just a University official. Video and photo included.
  • U.S. - China Joint Statement

    11/17/2009 3:41:33 PM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies · 477+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | November 17, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Home Briefing Room Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release November 17, 2009 U.S.-China Joint Statement Beijing, China At the invitation of President Hu Jintao of the Peoples Republic of China, President Barack Obama of the United States of America is paying a state visit to China from November 1518, 2009. The Presidents held in-depth, productive and candid discussions on U.S.-China relations and other issues of mutual interest. They highlighted the substantial progress in U.S.-China relations over the past 30 years since the establishment...
  • Wes Pruden: Obama bows, the nation cringes

    11/16/2009 9:01:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies · 1,795+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 17, 2009 | Wesley Pruden
    A little traveling, like a little learning, can be a dangerous thing. Barack Obama on the loose in a foreign land is enough to frighten protocol officers and embarrass the rest of us. He went off to Asia to tell the Chinese a thing or two about world trade, to prepare the world for a treaty to make the sun change its spots, and of course to pay his respects to assorted heads of state, with particular attention to any royal head (perhaps even including Miss Universe) who crosses his path. So far it's a memorable trip. He established a...
  • Why Europe Feels Rejected by Obama

    11/17/2009 2:01:16 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies · 1,392+ views
    Why Europe Feels Rejected by Obama By JOHN VINOCUR Why would an American president not come to a celebration marking the fall of the Berlin Wall, and with it, the triumphant end of the Cold War one of the high points of the United States and Europes common 20th-century history? Whatever the exact answer and it could be that a fatigued Barack Obama didnt want the physical strain of a trans-Atlantic trip days before a weeklong tour of Asia his absence from the Nov. 9 ceremonies in Germany has reinforced Europes fear that it has become an...
  • Mao's Jacket Fits Oba-Mao (Today's Disgrace: Obama dons Mao Jacket in China)

    11/16/2009 3:26:55 PM PST · by mojito · 69 replies · 5,590+ views
    American Digest ^ | 11/16/2009 | Gerard Vanderleun
    It probably works like this. Every morning when Obama rises he takes a deep and refreshing hot coffee high-colonic. During this meditative phase of his day he thinks, "Let's see... how can I show my contempt for America in a manner not previously thought possible? Last week I was giving the American flag my trademarked "crotch salute."** A day or so ago I was bending over for the Emperor of Japan. Humm, what's left? I know, I'll put on the biggest mass murderer of the 20th century's signature jacket for my photo-op. And some lip gloss! And pantyhose! F**k yeah!...
  • Obama Holds Town Hall in China { Dems hold Town Hall Meetings again! ]

    11/16/2009 1:22:24 AM PST · by NoLibZone · 14 replies · 618+ views
    Voice Of America ^ | Nov 15,2009 | VOA
    U.S. President Barack Obama has held an unprecedented question and answer session with Chinese students in Shanghai - China's commercial capital. Mr. Obama pushed the importance of freedom of information, while at the same time calling for greater cooperation between Washington and Beijing. This was the first town hall meeting by a U.S. President in China. And it amounted to a delicate balancing act for Mr. Obama. He opened the session with university students by striking a professorial tone, talking about the history of relations between Washington and Beijing, and the importance of working together to tackle global challenges. Mr....
  • Video : 46 handshakes, one bow

    11/15/2009 5:24:13 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 24 replies · 1,678+ views
    Hot Air ^ | November 13, 2009 | ED MORRISSEY
    It didnt take too long for the Left to defend Barack Obamas bow to Emperor Akihito yesterday by claiming that the President was merely showing cultural sensitivity to the Japanese emperor by deeply bowing. Theres a couple of problems with that argument. First, American Presidents do not bow to monarchs, or at least they didnt through the first 43 Presidents and the 220 years they served as the US head of state. Perhaps a few of them might have done so out of cultural sensitivity when traveling to foreign nations as private citizens, either before or after their terms in...
  • China's Blunt Talk for Obama {Has Any American President Been Dissed So Much By Foreign Leaders?]

    11/15/2009 6:13:18 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies · 1,537+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | November 15th, 2009
    NOVEMBER 16, 2009 China's Blunt Talk for Obama Regulator Says U.S. Policy Puts Global Recovery at Risk as President Arrives in Beijing BY AARON BACK BEIJING -- China's top banking regulator issued a sharp critique of U.S. financial management only hours before President Barack Obama commenced his first visit to the Asian giant, highlighting economic and trade tensions that threaten to overshadow the trip. Liu Mingkang, chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, said that a weak U.S. dollar and low U.S. interest rates had led to "massive speculation" that was inflating asset bubbles around the world. It has created...
  • Japan expert to ABC : Yes, Obamas bow made him look like an idiot

    11/15/2009 5:13:39 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 198 replies · 7,894+ views
    Hot Air ^ | November 13, 2009 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    So much of an idiot, in fact, that according to Tappers source, at least one Japanese paper isnt running the photo out of embarrassment. This tool actually groveled himself into a minor international incident. The good news for O-bots? It wasnt unprecedented. Nixon evidently made a modest bow to Hirohito in the early 70s. The bad news? Obamas handshake/forward lurch was so jarring and inappropriate it recalls Bushs back-rub of Merkel. Kyodo News is running his appropriate and reciprocated nod and shake with the Empress, certainly to show the president as dignified, and not in the form of a first...
  • Barack Obama assures Asia that US borrowing will not spiral out of control

    11/15/2009 3:32:12 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 102 replies · 3,356+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:36PM GMT 15 Nov 2009 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    President Barack Obama has promised Asia's creditor nations that Washington will not let US borrowing spiral out of control, vowing a major drive to cut the budget deficit and restore global confidence in the US dollar. "As the economy recovers, I intend to take serious steps to reduce America's long-term deficit," he told the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum in Singapore. "Debt-driven growth cannot fuel America's long-term prosperity." The assurance comes amid growing doubts across the world over the wisdom of White House spending plans. The US Congressional Budget Office expects the deficit to remain around $1.8 trillion (600bn) as...
  • Senior Adm. Official: Obama Simply "Observed Protocol" When He Bowed

    11/15/2009 12:24:35 PM PST · by Talkradio03 · 31 replies · 1,330+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 11/15/09 | talkradio03
    I think that those who try to politicize those things are just way, way, way off base" the official said.....OK, now we got it, Obama was observing protocol, and we are politicizing it....Well there you have it...(Story from Politico)
  • White House Defends Obamas Bow to Japanese Emperor as Protocol

    11/15/2009 4:08:06 PM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 366 replies · 11,200+ views
    breitbart.tv ^ | November 15, 2009 | .breitbart.tv
    Politico: A senior administration official said President Barack Obama was simply observing protocol when he bowed to Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko upon arriving at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Saturday.
  • BRITISH Paper Labels Obama "The Groveler in Chief"

    11/15/2009 4:34:54 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 18 replies · 1,647+ views
    UK Daily Mail/The Lid ^ | 11/15/09 | The Lid
    One of President Obama's major campaign promises was to improve the United States reputation abroad. I wonder if he meant that he was going to make America the butt of the World's Jokes. Yesterday the POTUS had another Protocol faux pas by bowing down to Japanese Emperor Akihito, the second time he bowed down to a world leader (King Fahd of Saudi Arabia was the first). By subordinating himself to other world leaders the President has damaged the prestige of the office he holds and of the country. The press in other countries are now running stories with headlines calling...
  • NYTimes, LA Times, Major US Dailies Do NOT Carry Pic of Obama Bending In Half To Japanese Emperor

    11/15/2009 9:43:58 AM PST · by Steelfish · 41 replies · 1,108+ views
    November 15th, 2009
    Surprise, Surprise, none of the major US dailies carry the embarrassing pic of an American President bending in half and stooping so low to a foreign potentate.
  • Barack Obama bowed to Japanese emperor as 'protocol'

    11/15/2009 6:06:55 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 112 replies · 5,019+ views
    Obama bowed to emperor as 'protocol' By: Mike Allen November 14, 2009 11:08 PM EST SINGAPORE A senior administration official said President Barack Obama was simply observing protocol when he bowed to Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko upon arriving at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Saturday. I think that those who try to politicize those things are just way, way, way off base, the official said. He observes protocol. But I dont think anybody who was in Japan who saw his speech and the reaction to it, certainly those who witnesses his bilateral meetings there ...
  • Obama bows to emperor, world reels?

    11/14/2009 8:55:18 PM PST · by STARWISE · 79 replies · 3,744+ views
    Swamp Politics ^ | 11-14-09 | Mark Silva
    President Barack Obama has bowed to royalty, with a greeting for the Japanese emperor that erases any doubts about what the president's posture was -- remember that bow to the Saudi king that was not really a bow? And some people are falling over backwards today. Our colleague, Andrew Malcolm, at Top of the Ticket, muses on the president's meeting with Japanese Emperor Akihito today, and suffice it to say that the article will light a brush fire of commentary stoked by the hot winds of the Drudge Report's headline. See the Ticket's report there or read it here: (And...
  • Chinese greet 'Oba Mao' with flaming statue, fakes

    11/13/2009 12:04:51 PM PST · by Reaganesque · 49 replies · 2,020+ views
    AP/Breitbart ^ | 11/13/09 | CARA ANNA
    BEIJING (AP) - The Chinese have learned English from his speeches and celebrated the way he rolls up his sleeves. Now President Barack Obama is finally coming, and he's being greeted with "Oba Mao" T-shirts and a statue of him that bursts into flames. Sunday's arrival of a U.S. president admired for his charisma is already a source of profit and brief fame for some Chinese. Strangest is the burning Obama, tucked away in a Beijing warehouse. Artist Liu Bolin hopes Obama can take time from his visit to drop by. "He's so hot right now, so I wanted to...
  • Why is he bowing to the Japanese Emperor Akihito?

    11/13/2009 9:10:01 PM PST · by STARWISE · 649 replies · 18,673+ views
    Reuters photo ^ | 11-14-09
  • Obama's botched bow

    11/14/2009 7:10:22 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 72 replies · 3,167+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 13, 2009 | Thomas Lifson
    Bad enough that Obama bowed down to another head of state yesterday. Even worse, he did not bother to learn how one bows in Japan, and just winged it. I agree with Scott Johnson, Steve Gilbert, Andrew Malcom, and many others that the President of the United States should not be bowing before any head of state. But unlike these astute observers, I actually know a little something about the art of the bow in Japan, having lived in Japan four different times on a resident visa, taught East Asian Studies at Harvard, and counseled many hundreds of American, European,...
  • Obama Stumbles Again (video of Barry speaking sans teleprompter alert)

    11/14/2009 4:32:27 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 47 replies · 3,902+ views
    Powerlineblog.com ^ | 11/14/09 | John Hinderaker
    Barack Obama: you can dress him up, but you can't take him out. Every time he goes abroad, he embarrasses himself and sells out his country. In Japan today, Obama gave a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Hatoyama. He was asked this question, for which he was unaccountably unprepared: "And to President Obama, you are a proponent of a nuclear-free world, and you've stated, first of all, you would like to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki while in office. Do you have this desire? And what is your understanding of the historical meaning of the A-bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki?...
  • How many Heads of State bowed to Akihito?

    11/14/2009 2:19:46 PM PST · by roses of sharon · 145 replies · 6,278+ views
  • Obama: The Bows Continue

    11/14/2009 5:01:44 PM PST · by Biggirl · 39 replies · 1,696+ views
    http://www.radioviceonline.com ^ | November 14, 2009 | Jim Vicevich
    I though Americans do not bow to members of royalty? The King of Saudi Arabia, and now the Japanese Emperor? And as the LA Times points out . there was no reciprocal bow from the Emperor. Contrary to some claims, the video shows no reciprocal bow by the emperor, who traditionally bows to no one. And weve added a file photo from 2007 of Vice President Dick Cheney greeting the Japanese Emperor in the same door way in a different fashion. And all the Queen got was an ill advised pat on the back. I guess when it comes to...
  • [ O-Bow-Mao's ] botched bow

    11/14/2009 12:31:48 PM PST · by libh8er · 28 replies · 1,756+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 11.14.09 | Thomas Lifson
    Bad enough that Obama bowed down to another head of state yesterday. Even worse that he did not bother to learn how one bows in Japan, and just winged it. I agree with Scott Johnson, Steve Gilbert, Andrew Malcom, and many others that the President of the United States should not be bowing before any head of state. But unlike these astute observers, I actually know a little something about the art of the bow in Japan, having lived in Japan four different times on a resident visa, taught East Asian Studies at Harvard, and counseled many hundreds of American,...
  • Obamateurism of the Day (Obama bows to Japan`s emperor)

    Heres a rare Saturday OOTD for Hot Air readers, but this one cant wait for Monday. Andrew Malcolm reports on Barack Obamas latest breach of protocol, this time with Emperor Akihito of Japan "This photo will get Democrat President Obama a lot of approving nods in Japan this weekend, especially among the older generation of Japanese who still pay attention to the royal family living in its downtown castle. Very low bows like this are a sign of great respect and deference for a superior."
  • 'America's first Pacific president' (*BARF*)

    11/14/2009 5:33:37 AM PST · by markomalley · 34 replies · 1,227+ views
    Politico ^ | 11/13/2009 | Mike Allen
    Trying to reassure allies and rivals, President Barack Obama billed himself Saturday as "Americas first Pacific president," promising the nations of Asia "a new era of engagement with the world based on mutual interests and mutual respect." Turning tough, Obama also said that the U.S. "will not be cowed by threats" from North Korea, which he said for decades "has chosen a path of confrontation and provocation, including the pursuit of nuclear weapons." In a slap at President George W. Bush, Obama spoke of the importance of "multilateral organizations [that] can advance the security and prosperity of this region." "I...
  • Captions Needed: Obama Bows to Japanese Emperor Akihito

    11/14/2009 5:30:26 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 12 replies · 1,446+ views
    Japan Today ^ | 11/14/09 | Japan Today
  • How low will he go? Obama gives Japan's Emperor Akihito a wow bow

    11/14/2009 5:08:16 AM PST · by libstripper · 172 replies · 6,324+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Novembe 14, 2009 | Andrew Malcolm
    How low will the new American president go for the world's royalty? This photo will get Democrat President Obama a lot of approving nods in Japan this weekend, especially among the older generation of Japanese who still pay attention to the royal family living in its downtown castle. Very low bows like this are a sign of great respect and deference for a superior. To some in the United States, however, an upright handshake might have looked better. Remember Michelle Obama casually patting Britain's Queen Elizabeth on the back during their Buckingham Palace visit? America's royalty tends to make movies...
  • Caption this Picture. Obama bows to the Emperor of Japan, Akihito.

    11/14/2009 2:53:57 AM PST · by DaveTesla · 91 replies · 4,304+ views
    Japan Today ^ | 11/14/09 | Japan Today
  • Off to Asia, President Obama Practicing How To Say "It's The Economy, Stupid" in Chinese

    11/13/2009 2:27:14 PM PST · by FromLori · 3 replies · 237+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11/13/09
    President Obama is on his first state visit to Asia. And, whether it's at home or abroad, it seems the economy remains job number one. With visits on the travel agenda to China and Japan, the two largest foreign holders of U.S. government debt, "the heavy emphasis of this trip is on trade and financial issues," says Politico.com White House editor Craig Gordon. A potential highlight of the trip comes Wednesday when the President meets with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, who recently raised eyebrows saying, "we hope the United States will keep an appropriate size to its deficit." It's a...
  • Obama takes on North Korea while in Japan

    11/13/2009 1:59:22 PM PST · by GauchoUSA · 14 replies · 441+ views
    AP ^ | 11/13/09 | AP
    TOKYO - President Barack Obama is emphasizing cooperation on his first major trip to Asia, opening with a warning to North Korea that there will be tough, unified action by the U.S. and its Asian partners if the Koreans fail to abandon their nuclear weapons programs. The hard line on North Korea was to be a prominent theme of a Friday night speech that also was intended to more broadly showcase a United States that, under Obama's leadership, seeks deeper and more equal engagement in Asia. It was to be the fifth major foreign address of Obama's 10-month presidency, this...
  • Obama Says He Would Be Honored to Visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    11/13/2009 8:20:30 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 55 replies · 1,820+ views
    Obama Says He Would Be Honored to Visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki Friday, November 13, 2009 (CNSNews.com) Visiting the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki targets of a U.S. atomic bomb attack that hastened the end of World War II would be meaningful, President Obama said Friday in Tokyo. I certainly would be honored it would be meaningful for me to visit those two cities in the future. I dont have immediate travel plans, but its something that would be meaningful to me. In an interview with a Japanese network earlier this week, Obama said something similar:...
  • Obama Cozies Up to Japan

    11/13/2009 7:54:56 AM PST · by AJKauf · 15 replies · 519+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 13 | Gordon G. Chang
    The first and most important stopover on President Obamas long-awaited trip to Asia has been cut in half as he delayed his departure by a day. In Tokyo, he will have just enough time to meet Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, drop in on the emperor and empress, and give a speech on Americas role in Asia. In Asia, Japan is Americas cornerstone relationship. From Japanese ports and airfields, we base the forces that defend the South Koreans, guard the Taiwanese, and patrol contested sea lanes. Without Americans in Japan, Chinese warships and planes would soon vie for control...
  • Michelle Obama skips Japan visit

    11/13/2009 6:12:51 AM PST · by libh8er · 47 replies · 1,772+ views
    Asahi Shimbun ^ | 11/13/09
    WASHINGTON--Michelle Obama, the wife of the U.S. president, will not be joining him on his visit to Japan starting Friday. Instead, she is giving priority to her duties as a mother. The couple's daughters Malia and Sasha are sixth- and third-graders, respectively, at a private school in Washington, D.C. They have classes during the president's week-long tour of Asia. The girls, along with their mother, joined President Barack Obama on part of his tour of Europe and Turkey between the end of March and April, as well as trips to Europe, Russia and Africa in July, while on school vacation....
  • Obama comes to Japan mulling Afghan war options

    11/13/2009 3:41:23 AM PST · by Dominic01 · 11 replies · 484+ views
    AP ^ | Thursday, November 12, 2009 11:02:08 PM | CHARLES HUTZLER
    President Barack Obama met with Japan's new leader Friday, hoping to shore up relations with a nation that vows to be more assertive with the United States, even as Obama also weighs whether to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. While public remarks from Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama are expected to stress their countries' enduring alliance, Obama's visit comes at a time of uncertainty in relations. Hatoyama has promised to end Japan's Indian Ocean refueling mission that supports U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan and to review an agreement on relocating American troops in Japan that Washington thought was...
  • A Meaningful Agenda for President Obama's Meeting with Southeast Asian Leaders

    11/13/2009 3:40:47 AM PST · by myknowledge · 7 replies · 647+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | November 10, 2009 | Walter Lohman
    The Bush Administration did a great deal for U.S. relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It developed the ASEAN Cooperation Plan, the Enterprise for ASEAN Initiative, the ASEAN-U.S. Enhanced Partnership, and the U.S.-ASEAN Trade and Investment Framework Arrangement. The Bush Administration also opened free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with Malaysia and Thailand and saw to successful conclusion a comprehensive U.S.-Singapore FTA that has resulted in a 73 percent increase in U.S. exports to Singapore. And it was President Bush who appointed the first ever U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN. Unfortunately, the Bush Administration's public diplomacy was not as...