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Obama Says Budget Constraints Won’t Cut U.S. Pacific Plans

President Barack Obama said cutting the U.S. budget won’t reduce the nation’s military and economic commitments to the Asia-Pacific region in remarks that reflect a U.S. effort to contain China’s growing regional influence.

“Our enduring interests in the region demand our enduring presence in this region,” Obama said in remarks to Australia’s Parliament today. “The United States is a Pacific power, and we are here to stay.”