Xinhuanet Washington, February 12 (Reporter Zhou Jiejie Yi Aijun) The White House announced on the 12th that US President Barack Obama will visit four Asian countries including Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in April this year.
The White House said in a statement that Obama’s trip to Asia aims to demonstrate “the United States’ commitment to strengthen contacts with countries in the Asia-Pacific region in the areas of diplomacy, economics and security”.
The statement said that Obama will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his first visit to Japan. The two sides will deepen economic relations between the two countries from the perspective of promoting the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement and strengthen cooperation on various Asian and global diplomatic challenges.
The statement said that Obama will visit South Korea later and hold talks with South Korean President Park Geun-hye. Obama will reaffirm the US commitment to the US-South Korea alliance. The two sides will also discuss the DPRK nuclear issue and the implementation of the Korea-US free trade agreement.
The statement said that Obama will also meet with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib in Malaysia to demonstrate the progress made by the United States in cooperation with this important Southeast Asian partner in diplomatic, economic and defense cooperation. In the last leg of the trip to Asia, Obama will hold talks with Philippine President Aquino on economic and security cooperation.
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