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PacNet #18 – The Obuchi-Clinton Summit: A Surprisingly Effective Performance

May 7, 1999

One nuisance visiting foreign leaders have to put up with in Washington is the rude habit of White House reporters who ignore them and zero in on the President over whatever is Topic A. The Clinton-Obuchi news conference last Monday was no exception. Topic A was, of course, Kosovo. But in a curious way, the focus on the Balkans actually worked to enhance Japan’s stature, rather than to diminish it.