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President Trump’s Asia trip comes off as lightweight, with no major — or minor — policy statements

Presidential trips abroad are often more about pageantry and rhetoric than substantive policymaking, but as President Trump?s long tour of Asia ends, it?s looking particularly lightweight.

In stops to places like Japan, South Korea, China and Vietnam and finally the Philippines, Trump heaped flattery on his hosts ? particularly Chinese President Xi Jinping ? and largely avoided provocative tweets.

While making a substantial effort to strengthen his personal relationships with Asian leaders, he rebuffed Russia?s Vladi mir Putin by declining a bilateral meeting at the summit they both are attending.

Overall, however, the Asia tour has looked like a missed opportunity for Trump to spell out more detailed and workable formulations of his security and economic policies.

He has delivered a couple of set-piece policy speeches, one on the nuclear threat of North Korea and another on U.S.

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economic and trade relations with Asia. Yet they were studded with unrealistic goals and rhetoric more suited to the campaign trail than the diplomatic arena.

Trump?s speech in the Vietnamese city of Danang on Friday read as if lifted from one of the rallies he stages in the United States.

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He denounced ?chronic trade abuses? that he said ?stripped .   .   . jobs, factories and industries,? and vowed that, ?We are not going to allow the United States to be taken advantage of anymore.? But he offered no specific remedies, other than a vague willingness to ?make bilateral trade agreements with any Indo-Pacific nation.?


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