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Canberra:Obama outlines US agenda in Asia-Pacific region

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Laaska News  Nov. 17,2011

US President Barack Obama is to outline his country’s new strategy toward Asia in a speech to Australia’s parliament on Thursday.

Obama arrived in the Australian capital, Canberra, on Wednesday.

Obama will stress the importance of the Asia-Pacific region as a major part of US foreign policy.

He is expected to tell his audience that his administration plans to refocus on the region now that it is ending its military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Obama is also seeking stronger cooperation with US allies in the region, including Australia and Japan, amid China’s military build-up.

He is also expected to call on other nations to use the East Asia summit as a framework for discussing regional security. The US is to join the summit talks this year.

Obama told reporters on Wednesday that it is important for China to abide by international rules.

His remark suggests that the US is seeking to involve China in Asia’s multi-national framework rather than trying to contain it, as a strategy for achieving stability and prosperity in the region.




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