On Monday morning, North Korea fired 3 ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan, according to South Korean officials. A few hours later, the president of the Philippines called Obama a “putang ina,” which translates into “son of a bitch” or "mother bitch" in Tagalog.
While the Chinese unfurled a red carpet for other leaders, Air Force One did not even receive a staircase, forcing Obama to make an undignified exit from the back hatch. A few moments later, Chinese security berated national security adviser Susan Rice for crossing under a rope cordon.
As the North Koreans fired missiles, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned South Korean President Park Geun-hye that China will oppose the recent deployment of US THAAD anti-missile systems in South Korea.
“Mishandling the issue is not conducive to strategic stability in the region and could intensify disputes,” Xi said.
After criticizing the Filipino president for aggressive law enforcement, Obama received heated words from Rodrigo Duterte, who blamed the US for its Muslim insurgency.
"I am a president of a sovereign state and we have long ceased to be a colony. I do not have any master except the Filipino people, nobody but nobody. You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions. Putang ina I will swear at you in that forum," Duterte told the press.
The new president earned a stern reputation after igniting a nationwide crackdown on illegal drugs, telling citizens to arrest local drug dealers and kill them if necessary.
"If he fights and fights to the death, you can kill him. I will give you a medal," Duterte told a rally after winning presidential elections.
Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin is working the sidelines, discussing Ukraine with Angela Merkel and meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who eased tensions in June after apologizing for the downing of a Russian jet last year.
China has hosted the G20 summit in a bold manner, conveying Beijing's ambition of ascending to superpower status, which they describe as a “de-Americanized” world order.
Now, President Xi Jinping has taken advantage of the weakness exuded by Obama to engage in this level of unflattering pageantry.