Obama’s Asia swing by the numbers


06:32 PM April 29th, 2014

April 29th, 2014 06:32 PM

U.S. President Barack Obama AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—A look, by the numbers, at President Barack Obama’s weeklong trip across Asia. Obama closed the trip Tuesday in the Philippines and headed back to Washington.

— 4: Countries visited: Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines.

— 21,000: Miles Obama will have traveled by the time of his scheduled return to Washington on Tuesday night.

— 0: Major speeches delivered.

— 4: News conferences held.

— 3: State dinners attended: Japan, Malaysia, Philippines.

— 1: Military pact signed: A 10-year agreement to increase the U.S. military presence on Philippine bases.

— 0: Free-trade agreements signed: Negotiations continue over a 12-nation trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

— 4: Palaces visited: Imperial Palace in Japan, Gyeongbokgung Palace in South Korea, National Palace in Malaysia and Malacanang Palace in the Philippines.

— 600: Number of guests at state dinner in Malaysia.

— 1: American flag Obama gave away, to South Korean President Park Geun-hye. It flew above the White House on April 16, the first day of the Sewol ferry tragedy.

— 1: White House magnolia tree given away, to President Park, in memory of the students and teachers who died on the Sewol.


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