At the East Asia Summit (EAS) held on November 19 in Bali, Indonesia, President Obama and other Asia-Pacific leaders discussed the importance of cooperation on the region's most pressing political and security challenges, including maritime security, non-proliferation, and disaster response.

President Obama's participation in the EAS was the first by a U.S. president and underscored the Administration's commitment to deepening engagement in the Asia-Pacific region and playing a leadership role in its emerging institutions. The President has made clear that full and active U.S. engagement in the region's multilateral architecture helps to reinforce the system of rules, responsibilities, and norms that underlies regional peace, stability, and prosperity.

By Vivian Po, New American Media
 
On Nov. 16, President Barack Obama met with a selected group of 500 Chinese students from different colleges in Shanghai. During the one-hour event, a wide range of topics -- from unrestricted information access, carbon emission reduction to education -- was discussed.

By Barack Obama

In the coming years, the United States and China face challenges that require fresh thinking and a change from the U.S. policy approach of the past eight years. How the [United States] and China meet these challenges, and the extent to which we can find common ground, will be important both for our own countries and for others in Asia and beyond.

China has achieved extraordinary, sustained growth over the past three decades. Hundreds of millions of people in China live better now than most thought possible even two decades ago. 

By Jennifer Nordin, Staff Writer

Barak Obama has nominated Chinese American physicist Steven Chu to be the Secretary of the Department of Energy. 

While Chu will be the first Chinese American Energy Secretary, he will not be the first Chinese American Cabinet member.  That distinction goes to Elaine Chao, Secretary of Labor for the past 8 years under George W. Bush.

By Senator John McCain

The resurgence of Asia is one of the epochal events of our time. It is a renaissance that is not only transforming the face of this vast region, but throwing open new opportunities for billions of people on both sides of the Pacific—Americans and Asians alike—to build a safer, more prosperous and freer world.

Seizing these opportunities, however, will require strong American leadership and an unequivocal American commitment to Asia, whose fate is increasingly inseparable from our own. It requires internationalism rather than isolationism, and global trade rather than national protectionism. When our friends and allies in the Asia-Pacific region think of the future, they should expect more—not less—attention, investment and cooperation from the highest levels of the U.S. government.

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