May 20, 2016

Obama Aims to Deepen Ties on Asia Trip

Featuring Patrick M. Cronin

Journalist Carol E. Lee

President Barack Obama will try to turn the page on two deeply etched chapters of U.S. wartime history with visits next week to Vietnam and Japan.

Mr. Obama will spend three days in Vietnam, an unusually long presidential visit for a single country that is intended to show the U.S.’s interest in expanding ties. In Japan, Mr. Obama will become the first president to visit Hiroshima.

At both stops, he will mix symbolism with policy initiatives, as part of his effort to solidify his policy of countering China’s growing influence by strengthening U.S. ties with other countries in the region.


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  • Patrick M. Cronin

    Former Senior Advisor and Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Patrick M. Cronin is a former Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Previously, he was the ...