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Obama Arrives in Burma, Says Trip Not Endorsement of Government

Posted November 18th, 2012 at 11:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has arrived in Burma, becoming the first American sitting president to visit the Southeast Asian country. Mr. Obama is scheduled to meet with both Burmese President Thein Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi, the nation’s leading democracy activist, who has been free only since 2010 after 15 years of detention or […]

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Obama: Burma Trip Not Endorsement of Government

Posted November 18th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says his upcoming trip to Burma does not represent an endorsement of the government, but is rather an acknowledgement of the political reform process underway in the country. Mr. Obama said there has been a stated commitment to further political reform in Burma and that deserves encouragement. “But I do not […]

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Obama Arrives in Thailand on 3-Nation Asia Tour

Posted November 18th, 2012 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has arrived in Thailand on the first leg of an Asian tour that will also take him to Burma and Cambodia in his first foreign trip since winning re-election nearly two weeks ago. While in Bangkok Sunday, Mr. Obama will meet with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, attend an official dinner […]

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Rights Issues High on Obama’s Agenda in Asia

Posted November 17th, 2012 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is aboard Air Force One on the way to Asia, where he is visiting Thailand, Burma and Cambodia in his first foreign trip since winning re-election . The trip underscores Mr. Obama’s increased focus on Asia as he tries to fulfill his pledge to strengthen the U.S. economy during his second […]

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In Cambodia, Panetta Touts Benefits of US Asia ‘Pivot’

Posted November 16th, 2012 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has visited Cambodia for talks aimed at expanding military alliances in southeast Asia, in advance of President Barack Obama’s trip for a regional summit. Panetta, who met with counterparts from 10 southeast Asian nations in Siem Reap on Friday, touted the benefits of Washington’s recent strategic shift toward the Asia-Pacific. […]

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Obama to Highlight Human Rights on Southeast Asian Trip: Officials

Posted November 16th, 2012 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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White House officials are assuring critics that President Barack Obama will not ignore human rights concerns during his upcoming visit to Southeast Asia. President Obama leaves Saturday for the three-day Asian tour of Cambodia, Thailand and Burma. It is his first foreign trip since being re-elected, underscoring the importance of the administration’s new focus on […]

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Asian Powers Increase Military Spending

Posted October 15th, 2012 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A new study shows that over the past decade, five Asian powers have increased military spending to levels among the highest in the world, with China leading the way. The study released Monday by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies says China has quadrupled its defense budget since 2000. It also says India, […]

World Bank Predicts Slowdown for Asian Economies

Posted October 8th, 2012 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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The World Bank has issued a report predicting an economic growth slowdown in Asia this year. Monday’s report says economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region may slow down by a full percentage point, from 8.2 percent in 2011 to 7.2 percent this year, before recovering to 7.6 percent in 2013. The new report also says […]

World Bank Predicts Slowdown for Asian Economies

Posted October 8th, 2012 at 1:25 am (UTC-5)
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The World Bank has issued a report predicting an economic growth slowdown in Asia this year. Monday’s report said economic grown in the Asia – Pacific region may slow down by a full percentage point, from 8.2 percent in 2011 to 7.2 percent this year, before recovering to 7.6 percent in 2013. The new report […]

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Energy Companies Planning Major Alaska Pipeline

Posted October 4th, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Four energy companies say they plan to build a natural gas pipeline in the remote U.S. state of Alaska and then ship liquefied natural gas to Asia. Officials from Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, BP and TransCanada told Alaska officials late Wednesday the nearly 1,300-kilometer-long pipeline would run from the state’s North Slope energy fields above the […]

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