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Obama hails ties with ASEAN allies in last meeting

Thursday, September 08, 2016 - 00:48

President Barack Obama reiterates the U.S. commitment to ''rebalancing'' ties with Asia during his last ASEAN meeting. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama held a meeting with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders for the last time on Thursday (September 8). Obama became the first incumbent U.S. president to visit Laos this week for a series of meetings with the heads of state of the 10-nation regional bloc. Security concerns in the South China Sea where a few ASEAN nations have overlapping claims with its giant neighbour, China are likely to be discussed. China claims much of the lucrative sea through which more than $5 trillion of trade moves annually. Trade talks focusing on the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are also expected to be on the agenda. Obama has made the 12-nation TPP the centrepiece of a diplomatic "pivot" to Asia, but the prospects for U.S. congressional approval have looked increasingly dim, with both major presidential candidates - Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump - standing opposed. Obama will depart for Washington, D.C. later in the day.

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Obama hails ties with ASEAN allies in last meeting

Thursday, September 08, 2016 - 00:48