Barack Obama - post presidency

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Barack Obama - post presidency

China, France, India

Former U.S. President Barack Obama concluded his visit to China, India, as well as France late November 2017. During this three-country tour, Obama met with all his former counterparts — Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and French President Emmanuel Macron. Notably, Obama’s trip to Asia took place just weeks after his successor, Donald Trump, made his first appearance in the region. Multiple news outlets thus claimed that Obama had come back to the world stage, but Obama’s tour actually looked more like a mixture of lecture circuit and insignificant private meetups.

During his time in China, Obama first visited Shanghai and attended a business conference organized by Global Alliance of SMEs (a self-proclaimed non-profit multinational non-governmental organization founded by the U.S.-China Exchange Association). At the conference, Obama gave a 20-minute speech to more than 2,500 business people. Shanghaiist.com reported that the event was closed to the media and top tickets “cost a bundle.”[1]

Former President Obama and Xi were photographed smiling and drinking tea at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing and were quickly dubbed as “veteran cadres,” the term generally used to refer to retired Chinese Communist operatives. “As president,” Obama spokeswoman Katie Hill said, “Obama forged a close and cooperative partnership with President Xi on issues ranging from growing the global economy to combating climate change, and he looks forward to catching up with his former counterpart.” Chinese media said, “Xi briefed Obama on the major outcomes of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China held in October.”[2]

References

  1. The Diplomat. A Closer Look at Obama’s Trip to China By Charlotte Gao December 04, 2017
  2. [ https://sputniknews.com/asia/201712011059598019-obama-xi-jinping-beijing/ Sputnik In this Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, former U.S. President Barack Obama, left, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in BeijingBeijing Confidential: 'Veteran Cadres' Obama and Xi Attend Hush-Hush Meeting © AP Photo/ Li Xueren/Xinhua ASIA & PACIFIC 13:54 01.12.2017]