When President Barack Obama made his first trip to China in November 2009, he was burdened by the highest U.S. jobless rate in 26 years, a shrinking economy and the biggest federal budget deficit in U.S. history.
U.S.-Japan ties, which foundered on a dispute over an American military base, are on the mend as territorial spats in Asia underscore the need to deepen the 50- year alliance, an Obama administration official said.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left on a two-week, nine-stop trip to China, Australia, Vietnam and other Asia-Pacific countries, where she will emphasize U.S. engagement and commitment to the world’s fastest- growing economic region.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell said islands at the heart of a dispute between Japan and China fall under an American defense pact with Japan, while urging the sides to resolve the standoff via diplomacy.
U.S. envoy Kurt Campbell appeared alongside South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung Hwan in Seoul today in a show of unity as the United Nations Security Council began discussing allegations North Korea torpedoed the South’s Cheonan warship.