14 Nov '17, 9am

Trump's Asia tour more style than substance: Analysts

MANILA: United States President Donald Trump's marathon Asian trip passed off without any major incident, but for all the pomp and ceremony thrown his way, analysts say the tour ended with little to show in the way of concrete achievements. Regional leaders vied with each other during the five-nation sweep to fete a president known for his partiality to grand gestures of honour and respect. And it clearly worked. "It was red carpet like nobody, I think, has probably ever received," Mr Trump said. In Tokyo, a golfing date with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was followed by a gala dinner, and in Beijing he toured the Forbidden City as part of an extravagant "state visit-plus" which also included a performance of Peking Opera. In Seoul, South Korean President Moon Jae-in gave a presidential toast in honour of a man who "is already making America great again". Advertisemen...

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