Asia Inside Out Podcast: Key Takeaways From President Trump's Trip to Asia

President Donald Trump meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and US President Donald Trump attend their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 29, 2019. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

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It was certainly a busy weekend for President Donald Trump. At the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Trump met with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, and agreed to resume trade negotiations that had ended abruptly on May 10. On Sunday, Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to set foot in North Korea following an impromptu meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. This flurry of activity may de-escalate regional tensions. But did Trump's meetings serve U.S. strategic interests in the long term?

In this episode of the Asia Inside Out podcast, Asia Society Policy Institute President Kevin Rudd and ASPI Vice Presidents Wendy Cutler and Daniel Russel provide their takeaways from last weekend's events in Northeast Asia and discuss what may happen next. This episode was taken from a recent conference call the ASPI leaders conducted with Asia Society trustees and was moderated by Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski

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Matt Schiavenza is the Assistant Director of Content at Asia Society. His work has appeared at The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, The New Republic, Fortune, and strategy + business among other publications.