Bush's Asian Grand Tour Looks More Like A Road Show

President Bush had the germ of a good idea when he decided to take along 21 savvy U.S. executives when he travels to Tokyo in January. By hauling business leaders along on a state visit, a practice favored by European heads of government, Bush got the symbolism right. For the first time, the White House is elevating trade issues to the exalted levels that used to be occupied by, say, pleas to Tokyo to patrol Japanese sea lanes against Soviet submarines. At nearly every photo opportunity during the four-day visit, which begins in early January, a stern-faced American CEO will bear silent testimony to President Bush's newfound resolve on trade.

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