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Obama to Reassure Asian Allies

Obama to Reassure Asian Alliesi
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April 16, 2014 4:26 AM
President Barack Obama begins a week-long trip to Asia next Tuesday, in a bid to reassure allies in the region. Obama will travel to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. VOA White House Correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Obama to Reassure Asian Allies
Luis Ramirez
President Barack Obama begins a weeklong trip to Asia next Tuesday, in a bid to reassure allies in the region. Obama will travel to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.
 
China is not on the itinerary, but with its efforts to control parts of the East and South China Sea, Beijing is on the minds of Obama and the allies he is visiting. 
 
U.S. military cuts are making regional partners nervous about Washington's commitments to defend them.
 
“I'm confident President Obama will give bold rhetoric, reassuring our allies that we can still run as fast and jump as high, but whether they believe that will be the other issue. Our allies, like our opponents, can read a budget sheet just as easily as the rest of us in Washington can,” said Heritage Foundation analyst Bruce Klingner.
 
The nations Obama is visiting have ongoing territorial disputes with China.
 
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has just been to China, and has said the U.S. does not view Beijing as an enemy.  But the administration sees China - with its growing military - as a potential threat. 
 
Washington's decisions to not attack Syrian forces or provide significant military support to Ukraine have raised questions about whether the U.S. would step in to defend its Asian allies.
 
“There’s obviously been a lot of talk about, questions, about the power and influence of the United States vis-à-vis actions in Syria and the Ukraine. But we’ll see, this effort is clearly meant to send the message that the United States remains committed and strong in Asia,” said Ely Ratner, an Asia analyst with the Center for a New American Security.
 
That message is especially important to Japan, the main U.S. ally in the region and where the president will make his first stop. There, Obama will work to speed up negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership regional trade agreement.  
 
Trade is also on the agenda at his next stop, South Korea, where he will discuss North Korea, and try to ease relations between Seoul and Tokyo. They are strained by the memory of Japanese atrocities in the first half of the 20th century.
 
Obama will be the first U.S. president to visit Malaysia since 1966.
 
The last stop is the Philippines, where the U.S. closed its permanent bases decades ago, but has been in negotiations to rotate troops, airplanes and ships into the country.

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by: Davis K. Thanjan from: New York
April 16, 2014 2:04 PM
After the US assurances to defend Ukraine, provided Ukraine get rid off the third largest nuclear pile, Obama declared that US will not enter into a war with Russia after Crimea was annexed from Ukraine by Russia. This presidential announcement gave Russia the green signal to annex Crimea, and may be the eastern Ukraine, or Ukraine itself, Transnistria or any of the former Soviet Union countries. The token economic restrictions on few Russian friends of Putin is all the U.S. EU and NATO could do. But President Obama declared very stringent economic sanctions will be imposed if Russia occupy eastern Ukraine. That too is happening now.

But President Obama is silent about his much touted economic sanctions against Russia. When Syrian civil war was raging, US watched hundreds of thousands of Syrians butchered. President Obama declared that those who use chemical weapons will be punished. Nothing happened, except a few tons of chemical weapons were transferred from Syria. Now chemical weapons are still used in Syria. President Obama's red line for action in Syria still remains a line in the sand. Now President Obama goes to East Asia with promise of defending against Chinese aggressive moves in the Pacific Rim and the South China Sea. Those who believe in the promises of President Obama will be disappointed as usual, whether it is in Ukraine, Syria of South East Asia or in any of the former Soviet Union countries.

by: meanbill from: USA
April 16, 2014 10:18 AM
LISTEN to what all the Chinese leaders say; "China has suffered over a hundred years of humiliation, by (Unequal Treaties) forced upon them by the US, Europe, Russia, and Japan, and they will never ever give up (one inch) of the motherland again." -- (Wherever that inch of motherland may be?) -- NO Chinese leader would survive politically, if they ever agreed to give up (one inch) of the motherland.. (China has taken a defensive posture on the motherland, and will fight anybody who tries to take "one inch" of it).. ---

PS; The US wouldn't attack or defend any country, if it didn't have the support of those 27 countries of NATO, because without them, the US is toothless? --- The US and NATO with the greatest military forces on earth, hasn't won a single war since WW2, and they are the only countries on earth attacking other defenseless countries?
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by: hh from: USA
April 16, 2014 10:49 PM
Why the Jewish are still working for Federal Governments in U.S.A and Canada?
They are the one who keep selling the Secrets to opponents.

Jewish are not Christians. But, they are anti-Christ. They murdered our beloved Lord Jessus Christ (Peace upon him).

Who is protecting Satan (Jew)?

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