Southeast Asian Leaders Prepare to Welcome Obama for Last Time

  • South China Sea, economic integration, Zika top summit agenda
  • Fears of U.S. job losses puts Asia-Pacific trade pact at risk

President Barack Obama waves to the media after arriving in Hangzhou for the G20 Summit on Sept. 3.

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Barack Obama’s push to rebalance U.S. foreign policy toward Asia will be the focus of his last visit to the region as president. With a trade deal hanging in the balance of a U.S. election that has free-trade advocates in both major parties on the defensive, Obama will seek to reassure Association of Southeast Asian Nation leaders that the accord can get through Congress. Joining Obama and the leaders of the 10 Asean countries in Laos from Sept. 6 to 8, will be leaders from China, India, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, and Russia for the East Asia Summit. Here’s a look at the agenda.

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