Obama Asia Trip: Stops In Vietnam, Japan For G-7 To Focus On Trade, Nuclear Arms Reduction
The following is an excerpt from MARCY KREITER | May 21, 2016 | ibtimes.com |
With little more than a half year to go in his presidency, U.S. President Barack Obama will press Asian leaders to formalize a trade pact during his planned weeklong trip across the Pacific.
Obama leaves Washington on Saturday night for the tour, which will include stops in Vietnam and Japan, where leaders of the Group of Seven will meet next week.
Aides have denied the trip is part of an apology tour, despite plans for the president to visit Hiroshima, Japan, where one of two U.S. atomic bombings at the end of World War II killed more than 192,000 people. He does not plan to apologize for the bombing, nor will he apologize for the Vietnam War, the White House has said.
Rather, Obama likely will be aiming to burnish his legacy, with expanding trade agreements a cornerstone.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is stalled in Congress, also is stalled in Japan. As he tries to convince Japanese lawmakers and citizens the TPP is a good deal, he needs to be careful not to appear to be putting U.S. jobs as risk, Roll Call pointed out. Other trade agreements also are expected to come up during the G-7 discussions.
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