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Nov 15, 2011

Obama to vow bigger Asia footprint on Pacific tour

HONOLULU (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will unveil plans to deepen America’s military presence in the Asia-Pacific region during a trip this week to Australia, where he hopes to bolster ties with a staunch U.S. ally.

The winding down of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq has opened the door to greater U.S. attention to simmering tensions over the South China Sea, a shipping lane for more than $5 trillion in annual trade that the United States wants to keep open.

Nov 15, 2011

Obama: US budget talks could disrupt holiday plans

HONOLULU, Nov 14 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on
Monday year-end wrangling over the budget and jobs measures
might delay the start of his December holiday vacation in
Hawaii, as U.S. political gridlock showed no sign of easing.

“It is great to be home, great to feel that Aloha spirit,”
Obama told a fundraiser in his native state of Hawaii, where he
had spent the weekend hosting world leaders at an Asia-Pacific
Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

Nov 14, 2011

Obama fires back at Republicans on foreign policy

HONOLULU (Reuters) – President Barack Obama hit back on Sunday at criticism by Republican presidential candidates of his handling of Iran and other international issues, and said a new Congress may be needed to heal the U.S. economy.

In his home state of Hawaii, the Democratic president appeared to relish the chance to defend and tout his foreign policy record at a news conference wrapping up a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders that he hosted.

Nov 14, 2011

Obama fires back at Republicans on foreign policy

HONOLULU (Reuters) – President Barack Obama hit back on Sunday at criticism by Republican presidential candidates of his handling of Iran and other international issues, and said a new Congress may be needed to heal the U.S. economy.

In his home state of Hawaii, the Democratic president appeared to relish the chance to defend and tout his foreign policy record at a news conference wrapping up a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders that he hosted.

Nov 14, 2011

APEC leaders see trade as shield to Europe crisis

HONOLULU (Reuters) – Asia-Pacific leaders pledged on Sunday to bolster their economies and lower trade barriers as they seek to prop up global growth threatened by Europe’s debt crisis.

Fresh from a rare success over agreement on the outlines of a regional trade deal, the 21 nations at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit addressed the immediate challenge of safeguarding themselves against the fallout from Europe.

Nov 13, 2011

Obama warns Hu of U.S. frustrations on trade

HONOLULU, Nov 12 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack
Obama sought to ratchet up pressure on China over its currency
and trade policies, warning Chinese President Hu Jintao on
Saturday that Americans were growing “impatient and frustrated”
over economic relations.

Obama, under pressure to create jobs at home and trying to
highlight U.S. influence abroad, adopted a more steely tone with
Hu than he has at other recent meetings with his Chinese
counterpart.

Nov 13, 2011

Leaders eye final Trans-Pacific deal in 2012

HONOLULU (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and eight other leaders said on Saturday they have made good progress on a groundbreaking pan-Pacific trade deal and expected to finish in 2012.

“Our nine nations have reached the broad outlines of an agreement,” Obama said after leaders of countries in the proposed Transpacific Partnership pact, or TPP, met at the annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

Nov 12, 2011

Obama, Hu pitch different trade agendas

HONOLULU (Reuters) – Barack Obama and Hu Jintao presented dueling trade agendas as an antidote to weak global growth as the U.S. and Chinese presidents faced off on Saturday at a Pacific summit where Europe’s debt crisis loomed large.

The heads of the world’s two biggest economies laid bare their countries’ growing rivalry and some of their entrenched differences in back-to-back speeches to executives at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Honolulu.

Nov 12, 2011

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HONOLULU (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Saturday the broad outlines of a deal had been reached on the Transpacific Partnership trade initiative and he predicted success for the agreement.

“I am confident we can get this done,” Obama said as the annual leaders’ meeting of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit was getting underway.

Nov 12, 2011

Obama says China must play by the rules

HONOLULU (Reuters) – President Barack Obama used an Asia-Pacific summit on Saturday to push back against China’s trade practices, insisting Beijing stop poaching U.S. intellectual property and allow its currency to rise.

Obama, under pressure to create jobs at home and eager to highlight U.S. influence abroad, said an undervalued Chinese yuan was putting U.S. businesses at a disadvantage and a change in the currency policy would help the global economy.

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