November 10, 2009

Obama to Asia: We're Back

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Next week, President Barack Obama leaves for his first tour of Asia since he entered the White House in January. Obama will land in Tokyo, the first of stop in a 10-day, four-country tour of the Asia-Pacific region. The principal message of Obama’s trip is that the U.S. has recovered from its preoccupation with terrorism and that it understands the challenges and opportunities of a rising China. Not long before Obama’s departure, Singapore’s elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew visited Washington and pointedly reminded him at an awards ceremony sponsored by the US-ASEAN Business Council that Asian countries want American engagement, and need it to balance China. Lee cautioned the United States against over-commitment in Afghanistan, reminding his...

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TAGGED: Barack Obama, Tokyo, Asia, White House, President , Asia-Pacific

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