While the president’s 12-day tour went better than expected (and expectations were low), uncertainty lingers about his policies in Asia

After 12 days of daily summits in five countries on the Pacific rim, Donald Trump headed home on Tuesday leaving behind a region largely relieved that the US president did not escalate existing relations but still confused about his administration’s policies in Asia.

Trump has said he will deliver his own verdict on the trip in what he promised would be a “major statement” on North Korea and trade, the headline themes of the trip. From past experience that is likely to be an upbeat assessment. Several times along the road he described his reception as unprecedented and claimed that “big progress” had been made on trade deals, though he gave no details.

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