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Nov 19, 2011

Analysis: Obama pivots towards Asia, eyeing exports and jobs

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought to charm Asia-Pacific leaders this week with Australian slang and memories from his childhood in Hawaii and Indonesia in his bid to boost U.S. ties with the fast-growing region.

The top goal of the nine-day trip, which took Obama away from Washington just as U.S. budget battles were intensifying, was to cement a foreign policy “pivot” toward Asia that could open the door to more American exports and jobs.

Nov 19, 2011

White House says U.S.-China relationship “complicated”

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) – The United States has been direct with China about its plans to be more active in the Asia-Pacific region as well as its interests in the South China Sea, a top White House official said on Saturday.

National Security Adviser Tom Donilon said President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao talked mainly about economic issues when they met on the sidelines of an Asian leaders’ summit on the Indonesian island of Bali on Saturday.

Nov 19, 2011

U.S., China face off over sea dispute

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) – The United States and China faced off on Saturday over the thorny issue of how to resolve competing claims by Asian countries to sovereignty of the South China Sea, the latest point of friction between the two powers.

President Barack Obama told Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, who indirectly warned Washington on Friday to stay out of the dispute, that the United States wanted to ensure the sea lanes were kept open and peaceful.

Nov 18, 2011

Obama hopes for boost from Boeing-Indonesia jet deal

NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Nov 18 (Reuters) – U.S. President
Barack Obama welcomed on Friday a $21.7 billion jet deal his
administration helped broker between Boeing and an
Indonesian airline, calling it a “win-win” for U.S. workers and
Asian consumers.

The agreement was announced by the White House near the end
of Obama’s nine-day Pacific tour designed to emphasize trade
opportunities in Asia he hopes will bolster the still-weak U.S.
economy ahead of next year’s election.

Nov 18, 2011

Obama opens door to new U.S. ties with Myanmar

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday he saw “flickers of progress” in Myanmar, pledged to send his secretary of state to the isolated country and promised new ties if it pursued democratic reforms.

Obama, on the Indonesian island of Bali to attend a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders, said he had spoken for the first time with Nobel laureate and democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. He said he was sending Secretary of State Hillary Clinton next month to the country, also known as Burma.

Nov 17, 2011

U.S.-China tensions risk spilling over into Asia summit

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) – Tensions between the United States and China threaten to spill over into meetings of Asia-Pacific leaders from Friday, with President Barack Obama declaring his intention on the eve of the gathering to assert U.S. influence in the region.

Obama said in Australia Thursday, on his last stop before jetting to the meetings in neighboring Indonesia, that the U.S. military would expand its Asia-Pacific role despite budget cuts, declaring America was “here to stay” as a Pacific power.

Nov 17, 2011

Boeing wins record $21.7 billion airplane order

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) – The United States announced a massive order for Boeing jets from Indonesia’s largest domestic airline, Lion Air, to be showcased as U.S. President Barack Obama winds up an Asia-Pacific tour.

The sale of 230 short-haul 737 jets, worth $21.7 billion, is the largest commercial order in Boeing’s history, toppling a previous record set just days ago as the industry taps in to relentless demand in emerging economies.

Nov 17, 2011

Obama tells Asia U.S. “here to stay” as Pacific power

CANBERRA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that the U.S. military would expand its role in the Asia-Pacific region, despite budget cuts, declaring America was “here to stay” as a Pacific power which would help shape the region’s future.

Obama, addressing Australia’s parliament, also acknowledged China’s misgivings at U.S. moves in the region, saying he would seek greater cooperation with Beijing.

Nov 16, 2011

Obama says lack of political will to solve Europe

CANBERRA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he was deeply concerned about the continued euro zone crisis, blaming it on a lack of political will, and that market turmoil would continue until Europe has a concrete plan to deal with its debt woes.

Obama praised French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, along with Greece and Italy and their moves to form unity governments to implement reforms, but he was critical of wider Europe.

Nov 16, 2011

Obama says lack of political will to solve Europe crisis

CANBERRA, Nov 16 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack
Obama said on Wednesday he was deeply concerned about the
continued euro zone crisis, blaming it on a lack of political
will, and that market turmoil would continue until Europe has a
concrete plan to deal with its debt woes.

Obama praised French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German
Chancellor Angela Merkel, along with Greece and Italy and their
moves to form unity governments to implement reforms, but he was
critical of wider Europe.

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