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Assessing Trump’s Asian Tour


07 Dec Assessing Trump’s Asian Tour

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US President Donald Trump says last month’s tour of Asia was a success. Was it? We held a talk last evening, on Friday 8 December, with Dr. Elvin Lim, Associate Professor of Political Science, National University of Singapore and Dr. Huang Chin-Hao, Assistant Professor, Head of Studies for Global Affairs, Yale-NUS College. Click here for a summary of highlights from the discussion.

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Original Event Synopsis

In November, US President Donald Trump embarked on his longest official trip to date, visiting Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. Mr. Trump has hailed his visit as a success, while the White House has called the trip a sign of the Trump administration’s commitment to US alliances and partnerships in the region, reaffirming US leadership in Asia. Beyond discussions on resolving the conflict with North Korea, Mr. Trump’s Asian tour also focused on trade issues and market access between the US and Asian economies. What should we make of Mr. Trump’s visit?

Join us in this evening’s talk at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs as we discuss what the Trump administration hoped to get out of the Asian tour and if it has achieved its goals. The talk will also look into how Asians perceive President Trump’s visit and the US engagement with Asia.

Assoc. Prof. Elvin Lim, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, National University of Singapore (NUS)
Dr. Huang Chin-Hao, Assistant Professor, Social Sciences (Political Science); and Head of Studies, Global Affairs, Yale-NUS College

Event Details

Date: Thursday, 7th December 2017
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm (Registration starts at 5:30pm; Event will begin sharply at 6:00pm)
Venue: Singapore Institute of International Affairs
60A Orchard Road, Level 4M, Tower 1,
The Atrium @Orchard, International Involvement Hub,
Singapore 238890

*This event is by invitation only. For any enquiries or for more information, please email