Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders link arms during the opening ceremony of the 30th ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines April 29, 2017. L-R: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Reuters ‘Key tenets of their strategy for dealing with China, the TPP, or continued U.S. engagement, are now really in doubt.’ Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will begin his three-day visit to the U.S. next week at a time when Southeast Asia nations are increasingly losing confidence in the Trump administration’s commitment to the region. Phuc’s visit, at the invitation of President Donald Trump, will begin on May 29, Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement late Tuesday. But Trump won’t host Phuc at the White House until May 31, when the two … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s premier to visit White House as US losing hearts and minds in Southeast Asia
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The White House on Friday dashed hopes of a breakthrough on U.S.-Japan trade when President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet in Washington next week, further delaying a major 12-nation Pacific trade pact. "We're not there yet," said Caroline Atkinson, Obama's deputy national security adviser. A deal between Japan and the United States is vital to clinching a Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, as their economies account for 80 percent of the group. Obama also sees the TPP, which would cover a third of world trade, as an important counterweight to China's growing clout in the region. Atkinson said substantial progress had been made in intense, high-level negotiations in Tokyo this week but more work was needed, especially on the thorny issues of autos and agriculture. "We expect the leaders ... to have the opportunity to discuss what should be the next steps together. But we do not expect any announcement of a final deal," she told reporters in a conference call … [Read more...] about No U.S.-Japan trade breakthrough expected during Abe visit: White House
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for years barred from visiting the United States, will meet President Barack Obama in two days of eagerly awaited White House talks at the end of the month. … [Read more...] about Indian PM to visit White House on Sept 29-30
Former U.S. presidential candidate John Edwards endorsed Democrat Barack Obama on Wednesday, giving a major boost to the Illinois senator's effort to unify the party behind his bid for the White House. Edwards, the 2004 vice presidential nominee, had been heavily courted by both Obama and rival Hillary Clinton. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama speaks with former Senator John Edwards before a debate at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, September 26, 2007 … [Read more...] about Edwards backs Obama’s White House bid
It seemed like the beginning of a beautiful friendship -- or at the very least a functional relationship. President Barack Obama attends a DNC Moving America Forward Rally at Cleveland State University in Ohio, October 31, 2010 … [Read more...] about White House to business: Can’t we be friends?