Throughout the trip, Trump urged fellow leaders to help rein in North Korea's nuclear program.
"That's like a sheriff squaring up for a showdown with the town outlaw by announcing to the posse that he wants a gunfight with each of them at the same time", said Green, who served as President George W. Bush's senior adviser on Asia policy.
In other policy areas, the President Trump's Asia trip brought less clarification.
During his visit to Vietnam, in a meeting of Economic Cooperation, President Trump underlined his commitment for an America first approach, signaling further economic unilateralism. A USA president will usually talk about his vision for the next four years. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst "The multi-billion-dollar deals he struck in Beijing may not help the USA trade deficit", said a former Japanese diplomat in Tokyo, who declined to be named. The phrase had been used by Obama and it accords with history in so far as Indian cultural and trade influence was long bigger than China's in much of Southeast Asia.
This library confirms the message China was already sending the world in 2005, at an exhibition organized by the Chinese government at London's Royal Academy of Arts. "Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!" Over the weekend, though, Trump was back tweeting about crooked Hillary and suggesting the leader of North Korea could be described as short and fat. But we get along very well.
Both sides said they would implement the Declaration of Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), which states that any parties with claims to areas in the South China Sea should maintain peaceful coexistence and should govern the area based on global law. "And that's a good thing that we get along; that's not a bad thing". He can not solicit Chinese cooperation on one vital issue and threaten China on another.
SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: For the better part of two weeks, President Trump has been in near constant motion - five countries, three global summits, more than half a dozen meetings with individual foreign leaders.
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China claims almost all of the South China Sea, one of the world's busiest waterways.
Again, not exactly news, but as he was questioned by reporters on Air Force One about how he would deal with the newly empowered leaders of Japan and China, Donald Trump interrupted: "Excuse me, so am I". While he emphasized the need for free navigation and open shipping lanes during his visits to Vietnam and the Philippines, he did not single out China, which has clashed with those neighbours as it has built military installations in the disputed waterway. But some Asian countries are no longer as ready to pick fights with China.
During his visit to China, President Trump would have been well inspired to visit the futuristic library, shaped like a giant eye, that recently opened in Tianjin. Duterte stopped construction last week on a sandbar in disputed waters, as part of a broader effort to draw closer to Beijing.
"It's been an incredible 12 days".
He said he had made "many good friends" during the tour, which had been "very fruitful" for the United States, and boasted of the reception he received. "Despite all the red carpet, Trump's own agenda was largely ignored". The U.S. president also called Vietnam "the heart of Indo-Pacific" in a phrase which could have been seen as a courtesy, but also hinted at his recognition of the strategic importance of Vietnam.
Everybody thinks that the U.S. -Japan alliance will last forever, said former defense minister Shigeru Ishiba, a member of Abes Liberal Democratic Party and supporter of rewriting the constitution, said in an interview last month.