US President Obama Embarks On Asian Tour

US President Barack Obama has left for a tour of Asia aimed at reassuring allies of his commitment to the region.

The US leader will visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.

The White House says the trip will focus on closer economic ties, but regional security - including China's increasingly powerful presence - is likely to dominate talks.

Asian allies are concerned over the US ability to focus on the region amid competing priorities.


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