Obama in Asia

With Obama barely making news in China, Matthew Yglesias says the real problem is that the country is barely throwing its weight around. Plus, our gallery of the president’s trip.

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President Barack Obama tours the Great Wall in Badaling, China, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009.

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President Barack Obama tours the Forbidden City in Beijing, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009.

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Chinese President Hu Jintao listens to President Barack Obama during an official welcoming dinner in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday November 17, 2009.

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President Barack Obama arrives to speak with Chinese youth at the Museum of Science and Technology in Shanghai, China, Monday, Nov. 16, 2009.

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President Barack Obama meets audience members at the Museum of Science and Technology in Shanghai, China, Monday, Nov. 16, 2009.

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President Barack Obama speaks at a town hall-style event with Chinese youth at the Museum of Science and Technology in Shanghai, Monday, Nov. 16, 2009.

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President Barack Obama arrives at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China on Sunday, November 15, 2009.

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President Barack Obama attends a multilateral meeting with the ASEAN 10 members in Singapore on Sunday.

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The Indonesian delegation, right, and the United States delegation, left, look on as Obama meets with Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Singapore on Sunday, November 15, 2009.

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Barack Obama met with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Singapore.

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President Obama and Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva walk in together to speak to members of the media following their multilateral meeting with the ASEAN 10 members in Singapore on Sunday.

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President Barack Obama meets with Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Singapore on Sunday.

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Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shakes hands with President Barack Obama before the APEC Leaders Dinner at their summit in Singapore on November 14, 2009. Obama met with 21 world leaders in front of the Singapore skyline and waterfront.

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U.S. President Barack Obama walks off Air Force One upon his arrival at Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009.

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Barack Obama speaks on U.S. Asian policy at Suntory Hall on November 14, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. Obama said in the speech that he welcomes a robust China on the world scene, but he cautioned that all nations must respect human rights, including religious freedoms.

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President Obama bows as he is greeted by Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko as he arrives at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on November 14, 2009.

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President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, (fifth on the right) along with members of their staff participate in their bilateral meeting at Kantei on November 13, 2009. Hatoyama thanked Obama for coming to Japan before heading to the APEC meeting, and President Obama said that U.S.-Japan relations should be on "equal footing."

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President Barack Obama with Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama at the Prime Minister's official residence. President Obama is in Japan for discussions on U.S. military presence in Okinawa. Hatoyama said the two also discussed how to work toward nuclear nonproliferation and about combating climate change.

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President Obama greets senior Japanese officials prior to meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, at Kantei, the Prime Minister's office and official residence, in Tokyo.

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President Obama arrives at Tokyo's Haneda airport on November 13, 2009.