The President's Trip to Asia: Substance and Symbols

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As the US continues to struggle out of recession, Asia currently is regarded as the most economically dynamic place in the world. In high-profile visits to four countries in eight days, President Obama will express what the State Department calls "strategic reassurance." We hear what that means to allies, including Japan and South Korea, and to China, which the President describes as both a competitor and a "vital partner," one whose influence is increasing. We also hear about conflicts with different countries and broader issues of human rights, global warming, Iran and Afghanistan. 

Credits

Guests:
Michael Hirsh - Politico Magazine - @michaelphirsh, Nicholas Szechenyi - Center for Strategic and International Studies - @CSIS, Gary Hufbauer - Peterson Institute for International Economics - @PIIE_com, Dan Southerland - Executive Editor, Radio Free Asia

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Sonya Geis, Christian Bordal