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U.S. President Barack Obama's tour in Asia, first landing in Japan

Now, the U.S.-Japan alliance, looking at it from the security front, naturally we have to cooperate in proliferation deterrence, on information protection, missile defense, and the use of other states amongst others. We need to consider these...


Does Obama's trip to Asia signal major eastward shift of U.S. priorities?

more Last week in the German capital, during the ceremony for the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, US President Barack Obama's absence was seen as anything but good news for European policymakers, which could hardly hide their uneasiness at the reason given for the defection. In fact...

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Remarks by U.S. President Obama and President Yudhoyono of Indonesia after Bilateral Meeting

more President Obama: Hello, everybody. I just wanted to make a brief statement about the wonderful relationship that I've been able to develop with President Yudhoyono. As many of you know, I have some historic ties to Indonesia, but I am also extraordinarily impressed with the progress that Indonesia has made in developing its democracy. I want to congratulate the President for...

Remarks by U.S. President Obama and Prime Minister Vejjajiva of Thailand after ASEAN-10 Meeting

more President Obama: Well, good afternoon, everybody. We have just concluded the first ever meeting between a United States President and the leaders of all 10 ASEAN countries. And I'd like to thank my friends, Prime Minister Lee, for hosting, and Prime Minister Abhisit, for co-chairing this historic meeting. As I said in Tokyo yesterday, the United States is a Pacific nation, and we enjoy deep historical ties to Southeast Asia...

Statements by U.S. President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia after Bilateral Meeting

more The second issue that we discussed was the issue of Iran. Again, in my first meeting with President Medvedev I emphasized to him our desire to try to resolve the issue of Iran's nuclear capacity in a constructive fashion, and it was my strong belief that if countries like the United States and Russia were able to present two paths, two roads to the Islamic Republic of Iran, one that led to further integration, the ability to obtain peaceful nuclear energy, but a insistence on Iran forsaking nuclear weapons, that that would be the most positive outcome.

Statement by APEC Leaders: "A new growth paradigm for a connected Asia-Pacific in the 21st century"

more We, the Leaders of APEC, gathered in Singapore to chart a new growth paradigm for the Asia-Pacific region that meets the needs of the 21st century global economy. The global economy has begun to recover, with the Asia-Pacific region taking the lead. But we cannot go back to “growth as usual” or “trade as usual”. The post-crisis landscape will be different. We need a new growth paradigm. We need a fresh model of economic integration.

Declaration by APEC Leaders: "Sustaining growth, connecting the region"

more We, the Leaders of APEC, gathered in Singapore and marked twenty years of cooperation in promoting economic growth and prosperity for our people. In line with new trends and emerging challenges, our agenda has grown in breadth, depth, and complexity. But our common goal remains the same – to support growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region, through free and open trade and investment, as embedded in the Bogor Goals.

Fact Sheet: APEC Leaders Meeting - Key Accomplishments

more On November 15, President Obama participated in the 17th Annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ meeting in Singapore. APEC members account for 53% of global GDP, purchase 58% of U.S. goods exports, and represent a market of 2.7 billion consumers. In 2008, U.S. goods exports to the Asia-Pacific totaled $747 billion, an increase of 8.3% over 2007. During that same period, U.S. services exports to the region totaled $186.5 billion, up 7.7 percent.

Remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama at Suntory Hall: "We look to rising powers with the view that in the 21st century, the national security and economic growth of one country need not come at the expense of another"

more It is wonderful to be back in Japan. Some of you may be aware that when I was a young boy, my mother brought me to Kamakura, where I looked up at that centuries-old symbol of peace and tranquility -- the great bronze Amida Buddha. And as a child, I was more focused on the matcha ice cream...

The United States and Asia: "Inextricably Linked"

more "Well, we have come to call each other Barack and Yukio," said Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama of Japan in a joint press conference after the first meetings of President Obama's trip to Asia. The Prime Minister went on to discuss the almost infinite range of issues on which our two countries are aligned...

United States-Japan Joint Statement toward a World without Nuclear Weapons

more The Government of the United States of America and the Government of Japan welcome the renewed international attention and commitment to achieve the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons and confirm their determination to realize such a world. They welcome, in this context, the...

United States-Japan Joint Message on Climate Change Negotiations

more Prime Minister Hatoyama and President Obama strongly affirmed their commitment to continuing to work together to usher in a new era in the global fight against climate change, and they recognized each other's achievements toward this shared goal. The two leaders also reaffirmed that shifting to low-carbon...

Remarks by U.S. President Obama and Prime Minister Hatoyama of Japan

more Prime Minister Hatoyama: (As translated.) President Obama, I would like to welcome you to Japan. I'd like to express my heartfelt welcome to you. It is very hard -- despite the tragedy of the mass shooting in your country, that you have taken time out of a busy schedule to come and join us here today...

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