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Obama Suffers Setbacks in Japan and the Mideast

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Source: NY Times:

President Obama offered a toast to Empress Michiko and Emperor Akihito of Japan during a state dinner at the Imperial Palace. CreditStephen Crowley/The New York Times

TOKYO — President Obama encountered setbacks to two of his most cherished foreign-policy projects on Thursday, as he failed to achieve a trade deal that undergirds his strategic pivot to Asia and the Middle East peace process suffered a potentially irreparable breakdown.

Mr. Obama had hoped to use his visit here to announce an agreement under which Japan would open its markets in rice, beef, poultry and pork, a critical step toward the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the proposed regional trade pact. But Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was not able to overcome entrenched resistance from Japan’s farmers in time for the president’s visit.


Posted by on April 25, 2014. Filed under Americas. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

3 Responses to Obama Suffers Setbacks in Japan and the Mideast

  1. Namelee

    April 25, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    The incompetent fool probably thought that governance and diplomacy were like eating a piece of pizza or falsely claiming to be a professor of constitutional law when he was, in fact, ‘an untenured instructor’ according to Hilary Clinton.

  2. Rafiq A. Tschannen

    April 26, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Whatever it is, it is still an improvement: He did not vomit on the Japanese Prime Minister (like George W. Bush did …)

  3. Namelee

    April 26, 2014 at 1:41 am

    There is no improvement on anything. George W. Bush is a realist this one is a utopian. The world is not built on utopia but on reality.
    Bush may have ‘vomited’ on the Japanese Prime Minister, he never kowtowed to any relic of medieval feudalism.

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