North Korea went on high alert and said the US should forgo planned military exercises with Japan and South Korea. But it could have a hidden agenda.
Given all the big issues with Asia these days, it's certainly not good. But the government shutdown would have limited any hope for breakthroughs.
Despite the government shutdown, Obama wisely plans to attend the Asian summits and show the US has staying power in shifting its foreign focus toward Asia – and balancing a rising China.