From overfeeding koi fish to visiting the Forbidden City — here are the best photos so far from Trump’s 12-day trip to Asia

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Trump with children in ChinaChinese President Xi Jinping (L) with US President Donald Trump (R) with children in ChinaWhite House via Flickr

President Donald Trump’s 12-day, 5-country trip in Asia has only just crossed its halfway mark.

Although many diplomatic challenges still await him, there have already been numerous memorable, quirky, awkward, and heart-warming moments during his time in South Korea, Japan, and China.

Here are 12 of the best photos to emerge from the president’s Asia trip so far:

Soon after arriving in Japan from Hawaii on Sunday, Trump met up with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a game of golf. Here they are fist-bumping on the course.

Soon after arriving in Japan from Hawaii on Sunday, Trump met up with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a game of golf. Here they are fist-bumping on the course.

Abe even received a customized piece of Trump campaign merchandise to commemorate the US-Japan alliance. The hats say, “Donald and Shinzo Make Alliance Even Greater.”

Abe even received a customized piece of Trump campaign merchandise to commemorate the US-Japan alliance. The hats say, "Donald and Shinzo Make Alliance Even Greater."

First Lady Melania Trump visited children at Kyobashi Tsukiji Elementary School in Tokyo, where she joined students in a calligraphy class.

First Lady Melania Trump visited children at Kyobashi Tsukiji Elementary School in Tokyo, where she joined students in a calligraphy class.

Source: CNN

In moment that went viral, Trump and Abe fed ceremonial koi together in Akasaka Palace. While Trump initially caught vitriol online for allegedly disrespectfully dumping all of his fish food in at once, it turns out he was simply following Abe’s lead.

In moment that went viral, Trump and Abe fed ceremonial koi together in Akasaka Palace. While Trump initially caught vitriol online for allegedly disrespectfully dumping all of his fish food in at once, it turns out he was simply following Abe's lead.

Source: Business Insider

Trump greeted Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace. Instead of bowing as past leaders have, Trump chose to shake the emperor’s hand instead.

Trump greeted Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace. Instead of bowing as past leaders have, Trump chose to shake the emperor's hand instead.

Source: Business Insider

While Trump visited Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo, American service members there greeted the president by giving him a slick, brown bomber jacket. Trump wore it proudly while he spoke in front of the crowd.

While Trump visited Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo, American service members there greeted the president by giving him a slick, brown bomber jacket. Trump wore it proudly while he spoke in front of the crowd.

Next, Trump flew to South Korea, where challenging talks around North Korea awaited him. He and President Moon Jae-in seemed to be in good spirits, though.

Next, Trump flew to South Korea, where challenging talks around North Korea awaited him. He and President Moon Jae-in seemed to be in good spirits, though.

The Trumps took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Seoul National Cemetery in South Korea, in which both the president and his wife donned white gloves to sprinkle powder into a ceremonial cauldron.

The Trumps took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Seoul National Cemetery in South Korea, in which both the president and his wife donned white gloves to sprinkle powder into a ceremonial cauldron.

Like in Japan, Melania Trump also spent time with children in South Korea. But this time around, her fans were greeted with an unexpected surprise when next to the first lady they saw K-pop star Minho, a member of a group called SHINee.

Like in Japan, Melania Trump also spent time with children in South Korea. But this time around, her fans were greeted with an unexpected surprise when next to the first lady they saw K-pop star Minho, a member of a group called SHINee.

Source: Business Insider

Finally, Trump flew to Beijing, China, where President Xi Jinping put the country’s influence, might, and economic success on full display.

Finally, Trump flew to Beijing, China, where President Xi Jinping put the country's influence, might, and economic success on full display.

Trump visited the Forbidden City, where elaborately dressed performers greeted him underneath American flags that flew high next to China’s.

Trump visited the Forbidden City, where elaborately dressed performers greeted him underneath American flags that flew high next to China's.

Here, Trump and Xi shared what appeared to be a lighthearted moment ahead of a lavish state dinner with their wives behind them. The two have cultivated a mutual respect for one another — some have even called it friendship. Trump leaves China for Vietnam on Friday.

Here, Trump and Xi shared what appeared to be a lighthearted moment ahead of a lavish state dinner with their wives behind them. The two have cultivated a mutual respect for one another — some have even called it friendship. Trump leaves China for Vietnam on Friday.

Sources: ABC, Business Insider

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