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  1. China’s Xi Gladly Assumes Obama’s Asian Itinerary

    After President Obama canceled his planned visit to Southeast Asia as a result of the U.S. government shutdown, Chinese President Xi Jinping has found the stage to himself as he courts rapidly developing nations like Indonesia and Malaysia. Xi is looking to expand Chinese influence in the region and perhaps even overtake America’s position as the top trading partner. Obama’s no-show will make it easier for Xi to sell a rival free-trade agreement to the countries — a prime example of how the shutdown could have a negative effect on American interests abroad as well as at home, and a costly one to boot.

    Sources: USA Today, LA Times

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