Obama Embarks on Asian Tour in Effort to Bolster Ties
Before his four-nation tour, the U.S. president signaled to Asian allies that closer ties with Beijing won’t jeopardize their relationship. But that might be a tough sell in China, with Beijing’s media blasting U.S. attempts to “cage” the increasingly powerful nation. Obama’s trip begins today in Tokyo, where he plans to reassure Japanese officials that the U.S. is committed to standing with the nation, while also currying favor with Asia’s largest economy. Other stops will include South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, where talks are expected to focus on economic ties and regional stability.