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Obama sets date for tricky Malaysia visit

By Wed, Apr 16, 2014 9:36AM UTC 1 Comment US President Barack Obama. Pic: AP.

US President Barack Obama is expected to visit Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Malaysia this month as part of his push to increase US diplomatic, economic and security engagement with countries in the Asia-Pacific region. But despite the relative size and strategic importance of the other countries, it is his April 27 trip to Malaysia that arguably gives the president his biggest problems....

US nears defense pact with Philippines

By Fri, Apr 04, 2014 10:01AM UTC Comments Off Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, third from left, surveys from the deck of the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in 2011. Pic: AP.

In 1991, when the Philippine Congress forced the United States out of the military bases that they had occupied since 1898, they left. But when they did, they went to Leyte and picked up the bronze statues of Gen. Douglas MacArthur and the landing party that had accompanied him on MacArthur’s famed October, 1944 return to drive the Japanese from the islands....

Obama brings leaders of Japan, SKorea together

By Wed, Mar 26, 2014 1:47PM UTC Comments Off U.S. President Barack Obama. Pic: AP.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. commitment to Japan's and South Korea's security is unwavering and that a nuclear-armed North Korea is unacceptable....

Obama discusses Ukraine with Chinese leader

By Tue, Mar 11, 2014 12:12PM UTC Comments Off US President Barack Obama. Pic: AP.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed on the importance of upholding Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity....

Michele Obama plans 1st visit to China this month

By Tue, Mar 04, 2014 10:53AM UTC Comments Off US first lady Michelle Obama. Pic: AP.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama plans a weeklong solo visit to China this month that includes meetings with China's first lady and high school and university students....

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