Did you know PDT has just come back from Asia?

Among the other things that have been submerged by the Senate race in Alabama has been Donald Trump’s singular successes on his tour of Asia. The OZ, being slightly less demented than the rest, still finds it hard to actually say something positive about the American president. So here is Rowan Callick to prevent us from being deceived by appearances: Trump’s Asian tour had an air of success. He is no doubt referring to himself in his own first line.

Donald Trump’s loudest critics have been confounded.

The US President did not embarrass himself, his office or his country during his tour of Asia — the longest since George HW Bush’s visit 25 years ago.

However, that is the best that can be said. The bar was set low.

I’m becoming a patience-free zone with this kind of thing even with my own bar for journalist standards the lowest it has ever been. But really, such low-grade coverage puts our future at risk since it tears away at our alliance with the US. Lots of ignorance to choose from but let me focus on this:

There was no evidence . . . that the Trump administration has even tried to address with China the core issues that concern American and other international businesses, especially market access and the technology regime.

It appears China had been expecting tough negotiations on such issues. As soon as Trump had left, Beijing announced autonomously several market-opening moves that it had thought the US leader would have pushed for.

So it seems Trump didn’t ask for a thing and they gave it to him anyway. But then there was also this.

As trade studies Trump has ordered start being published, new rules for engagement are expected to be drafted in the US, which will require ­reciprocity on access and policing technology transfers.

Well that sounds like something.

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34 Responses to Did you know PDT has just come back from Asia?

  1. Tim Neilson

    It appears China had been expecting tough negotiations on such issues. As soon as Trump had left, Beijing announced autonomously several market-opening moves that it had thought the US leader would have pushed for.

    This is unquestionably correct. After all, we all know that there’d be no point in offering to permit the Chinese leadership to appear to be acting unilaterally, rather than making it public that their arms were being twisted. It’s not as though in Asian cultures appearances count for anything.

    You know it makes sense.

  2. herodotus

    Callick, Stewart, and sometimes Sheridan, allow themselves to run away with a preferred narrative.

  3. I’ve had some association with newspapers and I’ve been a critic of journalism for some years now. That criticism runs the full gamut from spelling and grammar, checking facts, lack of logic, to blatant bias and lies. As far as I’m concerned, the industry is ostensibly retarded; with universities pumping out graduates that barely have the capacity to read or research, let alone write coherently.

    Perusing the MSM today, it appeared that Australia has experienced the most significant event in the history of the Earth. Nope, aliens haven’t announced themselves to Planet Earth. Then again, aliens of another sort may have taken over.

  4. Malcolm

    Do I look like I care? I think Steve Kates has been brainwashed – he goes around like some member of Scientology lauding a pathetic second-rate science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard but instead for Kates it is a pathetic second-rate president of the united states. Enough with this bullshit Kates. This is supposed to be a libertarian blog and Trump is as far away from being libertarian as is possible. Stop boring us with your pathetic Trump drivel. When you write about macroeconomics you make some sense, but when you write about Trump you appear foolish and naive. You are basically digging yourself further into a hole.

  5. Malcolm

    Can I suggest we banish all reference to Trump from the Cat?

    Sinc – can you set up an automatic deletion of any post by Kates on Trump?

  6. Tel

    … a pathetic second-rate president of the united states.

    The correct phrase is “these United States”, but besides that want to point out a better US President?

  7. lily

    Malcolm doesn’t believe in free speech or democracy.

  8. Tekweni

    I remember the Malcolms at university. Deluded, no idea of the real world and unable to argue anything logically. It was all about feelings. Precious petals that contributed nothing to society. I see we have one here.

  9. Tekweni

    Thinking about it there were a few Malcolms in my base camp when I did national service. The Afrikaans corporals in charge during basics really appreciated them. A few hundred push ups and running up steep hills with full packs and rifles had a marked effect on them. They transferred their hatred of the human race specifically to the corporals and the odd sergeant major.

  10. H B Bear

    Malcolms are the new Nigels.

  11. Malcolm

    ut besides that want to point out a better US President

    Gary Johnson. Ben Carson. Sinclair Davidson. My dog. 200 million other Americans. Need I say more?

  12. C.L.

    Easily the most faultless and efficacious foreign embassy for 20 years.

  13. W Hogg

    It appears China had been expecting tough negotiations on such issues. As soon as Trump had left, Beijing announced autonomously several market-opening moves that it had thought the US leader would have pushed for.

    Must have been something the Kenyan did.

  14. Defender of the faith

    Kates’ desperation is unlimited

  15. Dr Fred Lenin

    The last thing the Chinese fascist government wants is a trade war with the West, a huge drop in exports would leave them with millions of aspirational citizens , frustrated and angry at being reduced to the poverty their parents and ancestors endured . Even those fascist aparatchiks and their instruments of oppression and control couldn’t keep the lid on that .

  16. Bruce

    Good on you Steve. The Oz, like you lost me long ago, but Trump’s winning against all the odds particularly an overwhelmingly stacked media.

  17. Tom

    I have never known the news media to be less interested in the public interest — that is, the welfare of the middle class, as opposed to the sectional interest of the lunatic green left. The American ruling class’s fanatical disinterest in the public interest created Donald Trump.

  18. John L

    About:

    Rowan Callick grew up in England, graduating with a BA Honours from Exeter University. He worked for a daily newspaper in the northeast before moving in 1976 to Papua New Guinea, where he became general manager of a locally owned publishing, printing and retail group. In 1987 he moved to Australia, working for almost 20 years for The Australian Financial Review, finally as Asia Pacific Editor. He was China Correspondent for the AFR, based in Hong Kong, from 1996-2000. From 1990-1992 he was a senior writer with Time magazine. He joined The Australian at the start of 2006, as China Correspondent. After three years in Beijing, he became The Australian’s Asia-Pacific Editor in 2009.
    He was appointed in 2013 a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. He was a member of the National Advisory Council on Aid Policy from 1994-96, a board member of the Australia Indonesia Institute from 2001-2006, and a member of the Foreign Minister’s Foreign Affairs Council from 2003-2006. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of Deakin University’s Deakin Foundation, and of Melbourne University’s Asian Law Centre. He has published two books: “Comrades & Capitalists: Hong Kong Since the Handover” in 1998 by the University of NSW Press, and “Party Time: Who Runs China and How” in February 2013 by Black Inc in Australia, then internationally in September 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan. He won the Graham Perkin Award for Journalist of the Year for 1995, and two Walkley Awards, for Asia-Pacific coverage, for 1997 and 2007. He was awarded an OBE on a recommendation of the Papua New Guinea Government in 2014. He is married with two children.

    I am not an avid reader of THE Australian. On principle, I would not pay for anything behind the paywall. Maybe because of that I never heard of or read anything written by famous Rowan Callick. Here is the challenge!
    How many on this blog have:
    a) have heard of Rowan Callick and/or
    b) read anything written by Rowan Callick?
    A footnote:
    He won the Graham Perkin Award for Journalist of the Year for 1995
    Caro Meldrum-Hanna was named the 2016 Australian Journalist of the Year (Graham Perkin Award)

  19. FelixKruell

    It was largely a success because Trump stuck to the prepared speeches. He does okay in these circumstances (as opposed to when he ad libs).

    The problem is that the prepared speeches usually aren’t his own views. They certainly don’t gel with his tweets or campaign promises. Remember all those things he was going to do to China on trade? None were mentioned in his speeches, and haven’t happened in practice.

  20. NB

    Tim Neilson (first comment) got it right.
    How is it that the bleeding obvious should be so obscure to so many? I can’t bring myself to believe that people in the MSM are so stupid as to not even be able to speculate that the announcements were co-ordinated to allow the Chinese to save face. But then, maybe journalists are that dumb.
    Seems to me Trump is kicking goal after goal and the beneficiaries in the West are mulling around looking at the ground pretending to be interested in something else, hurling randon invective DJTs way for effect. It’s tiresome.
    Who on earth is the MSM talking to these days, anyhow? Itself…?

  21. John J

    Solid post Mr Kates.

    Feck off Malcolm et al.

    You maroons.

  22. Do I look like I care? I think Steve Kates has been brainwashed – he goes around like some member of Scientology lauding a pathetic second-rate science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard but instead for Kates it is a pathetic second-rate president of the united states. Enough with this bullshit Kates. This is supposed to be a libertarian blog and Trump is as far away from being libertarian as is possible. Stop boring us with your pathetic Trump drivel. When you write about macroeconomics you make some sense, but when you write about Trump you appear foolish and naive. You are basically digging yourself further into a hole.

    Malcolm, if you’re going to lead with your chin…..

    I know facts are irrelevant to leftards, but in the real world, they matter. Here are some facts.

    China has embargoed North Korea
    ISIS has been smote from the Levant
    Mugabe has been removed from power
    North Korea has failed to launch a missile on their most important of days, after their nuclear test site collapsed.
    Hamas has lost all their tunnels to Israel
    Iran has clamped down on their own Revolutionary Guard.
    US economy is going gangbusters.

    But not only did Trump get lucky, it all occurred because of his abject stupidity.

    Dude, you are a moron.

    The woman-abusing, stupid, incompetent broken clock has been right every minute of every day, and you are asking, of all people, CATS, to believe that this is all luck? After Hillary and Obozo gave us the Lybian debacle, the Iraqi debacle, the Syrian debacle, and a host of other debacles we didn’t consider due to the endless debacles, you expect us to believe their failures were all bad luck, and all Trump’s successes were all good luck???

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Here, have a rake factory.

  23. OneWorldGovernment

    I have no idea what nationality you are ‘malcolm’.

  24. Malcolm

    I think that Kates writes all of the supportive comments himself.

  25. Malcolm

    Beer Whisperer – if you think Trump did all that you’re mad. I think you’re the nom de plume of Steve Kates

  26. Megan

    Malcolm’s obsession with Kate’s is verging on the unseemly. Clearly needs immediate therapy or JC’s hotline. The latter would at least ensure we won’t have to endure his unrequited passion any longer.

  27. Malcolm Thomas

    What Malcolm’s first post said, apart from the start of the second last stentence.

  28. struth

    I think that Kates writes all of the supportive comments himself.

    Don’t expect us to believe you think about anything.

    You have Trump Derangement Syndrome.

    This can be deduced from your abuse without any facts ever presented, just straight out insults to all who put the name DONALD TRUMP on your screen in a positive light.

    DONALD TRUMP IS GOD
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    He he.

  29. J.H.

    Yep, a pretty solid performance by President Donald Trump. Fairly standard fare for a Western leader visiting a powerful authoritarian state, etc. I had to laugh at the Chinese President though.

    In order to feel more powerful than Donald Trump, President Xi Jinping… Or more exactly, General Secretary of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping…..Or perhaps, Paramount Leader Xi Jinping…. or maybe even, God King of China, Xi Jinping…. or whatever freakin’ title he has chosen at the moment….. The fact of the matter is that Xi Jinping has had himself and his half arsed ideas written into the Chinese Communist Constitution just like Mao Zedong and that other scrawny bloke, Deng Xiaoping.

    Xi JinPing’s “Thought” enshrined in the Constitution….. Lol, Xi’s political enemies must be rolling in their graves at that turn of events…. and they would be…. In their graves, that is.

    Ah well, things could be worse. It could be Malcolm Turnbull’s “Thought” enshrined in the Australian Constitution… Now there’s a fukin’ nightmare for ya!….

  30. Beer Whisperer – if you think Trump did all that you’re mad. I think you’re the nom de plume of Steve Kates

    I don’t, but many of these were preceded by Trump visits. Moreover, why are so many American enemies and rivals experiencing bad luck all of a sudden?

    You see, what I’m not telling you is the evidence I’ve read relating to those events.

    And of course, this goes without saying, but I gather its important in your case, but anyone who gets their information from the MSM is an abject fool.

  31. Nerblnob

    Results count. Nothing else matters. It’s the difference between a life in business and a life in politics.

  32. Defender of the faith

    Meanwhile the tax bill is going the way of the Obamacare bill. Trump’s lasting mark will be a skid track on his yfronts.

  33. Zatara

    Sinc – can you set up an automatic deletion of any post by Kates Malcolm on Trump Kates?

    His one trick pony act got old a long time ago.

  34. Dr Fred Lenin

    Trump is now reading the benefits of eight years ofcapable obam socialism and hilarity’s brilliant diplomacy isn’t that right malcolm ? Planet bizarro is well stocked with Gaia believers ,wankers with “uni degrees”. Donald should get a second term ],after all they did it with hussain and ”nookleer” George .

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