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November 19th, 2009
09:59 PM ET

Zakaria: Did Obama get his message across in China?

President Barack Obama with Chinese President Hu Jintao
President Barack Obama with Chinese President Hu Jintao

Fareed Zakaria | BIO
CNN Anchor

President Obama landed in South Korea Wednesday for the last stop on his 10-day trip to Asia. The president made earlier visits to China, Singapore and Japan, in his first Asian journey as president.

In Japan, he made reference to his birth in Hawaii and his childhood spent partly in Indonesia, calling himself "America's first Pacific president." But as the trip winds down, analysts are seeking to answer the question of what Obama accomplished.

Fareed Zakaria, author and host of CNN's "Fareed Zakaria: GPS" spoke to CNN Tuesday about the president's trip and about a grim anniversary that's about to be marked in Asia. It's been one year since 10 Pakistani gunmen put India's commercial capital, Mumbai, through an ordeal of terror that killed 170 people. [Zakaria is the narrator of a documentary on the Mumbai attacks premiering on HBO on Friday.]

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  1. Mike, formerly from Syracuse, NY

    What message was that? More stern warnings of 'severe consequences' to North Korea if they continue their nuclear program? You mean like the 'severe consequences' that happened to Iran when they turned down Obama's niave offer to end their nuke program? Let's see, what exactly has happened? Umm, was it absolutely NOTHING?

    November 19, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  2. A. Smith, Oregon

    And with all due respect, Fareed Zakaria, exactly what message are you referring to in regards to President Obama giving China a message?

    Suggested Answers as to which messages:

    1) Sorry that Bush-Cheney dropped the value of the American Dollar which you hold nearly 1 Trillion worth to 1/3 of its previous level?

    2) Congratulations on successfully bribing Afghanistan Mining officials in your recent multi-billion dollar Copper mining adventure?

    3) Congratulations on your new cruise missiles which are specifically designed to take out America's Super Carrier's the Nimitz Class with a single shot?

    4) Don't worry about child labor and slavery charges, America has it's own problems to focus on?

    5) Good luck on your efforts to save Beijing from being swallowed up by the swiftly advancing Gobi Desert?

    November 19, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  3. Tim Gibson

    What Obama accomplished was the appear like a "traditional" wife in the pacific. Walking 3 steps behind the husband and bowing down in the traditional roll of submission.

    Obama arrived with a weak bargaining table, a weak request and left with stern warnings I am sure he will discard in his ego trip of being the chosen one.

    November 19, 2009 at 11:44 am |