US President Barack Obama shares a poignant moment with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after they laid wreaths in front of a cenotaph, with the atomic bomb dome in the background, at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Photo: Reuters

How China the ‘bad cop’ in Southeast Asia turns into a ‘good cop’ in East Asia

John Kotch says Obama’s historic trip to Vietnam and Japan underscores how America wants China to play differing roles in the region

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US President Barack Obama shares a poignant moment with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after they laid wreaths in front of a cenotaph, with the atomic bomb dome in the background, at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Photo: Reuters
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