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    Lost in Translation: Obama’s Asia Ambitions

    It wasn’t his narrative. Throughout his 10th and final Asian trip last week, the U.S. president sought to demonstrate his tilt toward East Asia, a region he believes is crucial to American foreign policy. But that news got buried beneath the petty and the personal: a lack of aircraft stairs in China and a canceled meeting with the Philippine president over an insult. But Obama scored a joint climate pledge with China and warmer relations with Asian allies who appreciate a powerful friend — especially in the face of North Korea’s nuclear tests. 

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