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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Obama, ASEAN meeting 24 September

WASHINGTON Sept 4. - President Barack Obama will meet leaders of Southeast Asia the end of this month in New York, according to the White House yesterday when the United States (U.S.) tried to increase its role in the region to compete with the growing influence of China.
According to the White House, Obama will hold talks with leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in New York on 24 September, the General Assembly held at the United Nations (UN).
The meeting is endorsed by senior U.S. officials that Obama will be the latest attempt to stimulate the U.S. policy in the region that have been ignored by the administration of President George W. Bush, before this.

The meeting is the second after Obama's first meeting with ASEAN leaders in Singapore last year.

White House in a statement said, while in Singapore, the President and ASEAN leaders have pledged to enhance cooperation in various fields including trade and investment, regional security, disaster management, food and energy and climate change.

"President wants cooperation with ASEAN leaders to assess progress in addressing this issue, and identifies future efforts to improve bilateral relations and discussed the multilateral approach to expand regional cooperation," report said.

The meeting is likely to be overshadowed in Burma on a controversial election in that country, scheduled to be held by the country's military junta on 7 November was deemed no credibility. - AFP

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