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Obama to use Japan visit to reassure Asian allies

U.S. President Obama waves next to Japan's PM Abe after dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant in TokyoBy Linda Sieg and Matt Spetalnick TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will use a state visit to Japan on Thursday to try to reassure Asian allies of his commitment to ramping up U.S. engagement in the region, despite Chinese complaints that his real aim is to contain Beijing's rise. Obama is being treated to a display of pomp and ceremony meant to show that the U.S.-Japan alliance, the main pillar of America's security strategy in Asia, remains solid at a time of rising tensions over growing Chinese assertiveness and North Korean nuclear threats. U.S. and Japanese trade negotiators for the two countries were working around the clock in Tokyo on a two-way trade pact seen as crucial to a broader trans-Pacific agreement. "We're continuing to work," a U.S. official said on Thursday, before the leaders were to meet on the first state visit to Japan by a U.S. president in 18 years.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:40:40 -0400
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