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White House releases video of Obama’s trip to Vietnam, Japan

Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 15:29 GMT+7
White House releases video of Obama’s trip to Vietnam, Japan
Local residents hold a sign welcoming U.S. President Barack Obama as he arrives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam May 24, 2016.

Behind-the-scenes footage of U.S. President Barack Obama during his recent trips to Vietnam and Japan was released on Monday by the White House.

The six-minute video is meant to give audiences “a behind-the-scenes look at President Obama's whirlwind trip to 4 cities in 5 days,” the White House said on its verified Facebook account.

The four cities are Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Ise-Shima and Hiroshima.

The video is the latest episode of West Wing Week, a weekly White House podcast used to recap the week's events of the U.S. president. The show was created in 2010 during the second year of Obama’s presidency.

The '4 cities in 5 days' episode begins with scenes showing Vietnamese people lining the streets in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to “welcome President Obama on his first trip to [their] country.”

The U.S. president visited Vietnam from May 23 to 25, and Japan from May 25 to 28, in what is seen as his last Asian tour before leaving office next year.

The White House video reviews the most important activities of Obama in both countries.

In Vietnam, these activities were meeting with four Vietnamese leaders and delivering a speech to an audience of 2,000 in Hanoi, visiting a startup and co-working hub, paying homage to a century-old pagoda, and hosting a town hall with 800 young leaders in Ho Chi Minh City.

The most significant activity of Obama in Japan, besides attending the G7 Summit, was becoming the first sitting U.S. president to lay wreaths at the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park on May 27.

The video also reiterates several important statements from the speeches made by Obama in Vietnam.

“On this visit, my heart has been touched by the kindness for which the Vietnamese people are known. In the many people who have been lining the streets, smiling and waving, I feel the friendship between our peoples,” he said in an address to people in Hanoi on May 24.

“Like my two daughters, many of you have lived your whole lives knowing only one thing – and that is peace and normalized relations between Vietnam and the United States. So I come here mindful of the past, mindful of our difficult history, but focused on the future.”

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