Sunday, August 21, 2016
Obama Headed to Multiple Asian Global Crony Sitdowns
President Barack Obama will travel to China next month to attend a G-20 Summit.
"This trip will highlight the Presidents ongoing commitment to the G-20 as the premier forum for international economic cooperation as well as the US Rebalance to Asia and the Pacific," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement.
"He will underscore the importance of G-20 cooperation in promoting a level playing field and broad-based economic opportunity. The President will also conduct in-depth meetings with President Xi Jinping of China in Hangzhou, where the two leaders will discuss a wide-range of global, regional, and bilateral issues," Earnest said, putting lipstick on the pig.
During his week-long Asia trip from September 2 to 9, Obama will also be the he first US President to visit Laos, where he will participate in the other crony sitdowns, the US-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit.
Additionally, he will have bilateral meetings with President Bounnhang Vorachith and other key officials "to advance US-Lao cooperation on economic, development, and people-to-people ties, among other areas."
"During the ASEAN Summit, the President will discuss ways to strengthen our economic cooperation with the countries of Southeast Asia, which collectively represent Americas fourth largest trading partner and further enhance our collaboration on regional and global challenges," Earnest said.
"At the East Asia Summit, the President will coordinate with the region's leaders on efforts to advance a rules-based international order," he said.
"Central to this effort is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the high-standards trade agreement that will unlock key markets to American exports and cement America's economic leadership in the Asia-Pacific," Earnest said.
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