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Obama on mission to quiet Asia skeptics

A US crew member onboard the USS Spruance during a visit by the US Navy Pacific Fleet commander Admiral Harry Harris after it docked in Singapore on January 22, 2014Five years after refashioning US foreign policy to emphasize Asia, President Barack Obama will face questions over his strategy’s content and staying power in the region this week. Obama will counter the impression that events, including carnage in Syria and the East-West showdown over Ukraine have dragged his administration’s attention elsewhere. He will argue in Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines that the “rebalancing” policy — of withdrawing US military, economic and human resources from Middle East wars and deploying them to emerging Asia — remains on track. Obama will embark on his fifth visit as president to Asia when he lands in Japan on Wednesday.

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