Kualkuala Lumpur,Though busy handling hot spots like Ukraine and the Middle
East, the US has not "sidelined" its strategy of rebalance in theAsia-Pacific,
PresidentBarack Obamatoday assured
jittery Asian leaders amid muscle flexing by an increasingly assertiveChina.
we've been busy at home, the crisis still confronts us in other parts of the
world from the Middle East to Ukraine. But I want to be very clear. Let me be
clear about this, because some people have wondered whether because of what
happens in Ukraine or what happens in the Middle East, whether this will
sideline our strategy -- it has not.
are focused and we're going to follow through on our interest in promoting a
strong US-Asia relationship," Obama said at a town hall meeting with young
leaders from Southeast Asia inMalaysia.
visit to the region is a personal manifestation of the foreign policy
"pivot" to Asia his administration enunciated two years ago but has
struggled to translate in concrete terms.
whose three-day visit to the South East Asian country comes in nearly five
decades by a US President, noted that America has responsibilities all around
the world, and said: "We're glad to embrace those responsibilities."
yes, sometimes we have a political system of our own and it can be easy to lose
sight of the long view. But we have been moving forward on our rebalance to
this part of the world by opening ties of commerce and negotiating our most
ambitious trade agreement; by increasing our defense and educational exchange
cooperation, and modernising our alliances... Building deeper partnerships with
emerging powers like Indonesia and Vietnam.
noted that the 10 nations that make up ASEAN are home to nearly one in 10 of
the world's citizens.
when you put those countries together, you're the seventh largest economy in
the world, the fourth largest market for American exports, the number-one
destination for American investment in Asia," Obama said.