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Donald Trump and Barack Obama in Asia: a pictorial

A US president follows in his predecessor's footsteps -- almost

TOKYO -- As U.S. President Donald Trump tours Asia, he inevitably brings to mind the trips of his predecessor, Barack Obama.

Whether in Japan, China or South Korea, memories are still fresh of Obama's presence. And photographs are not hard to find.

Here are a few pictures that highlight the current visit and bring back memories of the trips of Obama. Each president has his own style -- and his own way of approaching Asian leaders.

Japan -- Close ties, past and present

U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe play golf at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, Japan, on Nov. 5. (Courtesy of Prime Minister's Office)
Then U.S. president Barack Obama hugs atomic bomb survivor Shigeaki Mori at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on May 27, 2016. (Photo by Nozomu Ogawa)

South Korea -- Old allies, new faces, same threat

U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in hold a news conference at the Blue House in Seoul on Nov. 7.   © Reuters
Then U.S. President Barack Obama smiles next to his South Korean counterpart, Park Geun-hye, during a news conference at the Blue House in Seoul on April 25, 2014.   © Reuters

China -- Tea with Xi

U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania, Chinese President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan watch an opera at the Forbidden City in Beijing on Nov. 8.   © Reuters
Then U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping drink tea at a pavilion at the West Lake State Guest House in Hangzhou, in eastern China's Zhejiang Province, on Sept. 3, 2016.   © Reuters

Vietnam -- Casual handshakes 

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands as they take part in a family photo at the APEC summit in Danang, Vietnam on Nov. 10.   © Reuters
Then U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with a local resident at the restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam on May 23 in 2016.   © Reuters

Philippine --Toasting with allies 

U.S. President Donald Trump toasts with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte during the gala dinner marking ASEAN's 50th anniversary in Manila, Philippines on Nov. 12.   © Reuters
Then U.S. President Barack Obama attends a State Dinner with President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on April 28 in 2014.   © Reuters

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