As Obama visits Asia, old alliances face new strains in face of China's influence




 
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November 8th, 2014  
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Topic: As Obama visits Asia, old alliances face new strains in face of China's influence


By David Brunnstrom and Randy Fabi WASHINGTON/JAKARTA (Reuters) - In November 2011, with the Arab Spring uprisings in full tilt and Europe rocked by a debt crisis, President Barack Obama flew to Asia to promote a shift of America’s military, diplomatic and business assets to the region.*His then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, declared in the same year that the 21st century would be "America's Pacific century". ****Fast-forward to today: as Obama flies to Asia on Sunday, Washington's “pivot” to the region is becoming more visible. ...




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