PM Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe left Chinese President Xi Jinping way behind as the most traveled leaders of Asian countries in 2015, each visiting as many as 23 countries. This was double the number notched by U.S. President Barack Obama.
Modi’s visits were directed at on one hand to seek investment and on the other to project India’s growing power as the region’s fastest growing major economy.
For Xi, 2015 was a year of “big country diplomacy,” the new international order and promoting what China’s foreign ministry loves to call “win-win” outcomes. He spent as many as 42 days outside China in 2015
After 30 countries in 2014, Abe’s travel schedule this year was curtailed by his obligation to stay home during the summer passage of legislation to expand the role of his country’s military. The highlight was a state visit to the U.S. where he was accorded an honor not given his Chinese counterpart: an address to both houses of Congress.
By comparison, Obama, who leads the world’s largest economy, visited only 11 other countries in 2015. He made five international trips during the year.