ASEAN Summit 2012 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a geo-political and economic organization of ten countries located in Southeast Asia, which was formed on 8 August 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.  Since then, membership has expanded to include Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Its aims include accelerating economic growth, social progress, cultural development among its members, protection of regional peace and stability, and opportunities for member countries to discuss differences peacefully.

President Obama has said that the Southeast Asia region offers incredible potential for increased trade with the United States. Trade between the United States and ASEAN member nations has increased substantially in recent years. The ASEAN region,  with a GDP of $1.5 trillion, is our fourth largest export market and home to some of the world’s most important trade routes. In 2011, U.S. exports to ASEAN nations broke records – exceeding $76 billion for the first time.

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Artist – Arker Kyaw, YANGON, Myanmar

November 18 –  President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton attend meetings with Prime Minister Yingluck and other senior Thai officials to underscore our strong alliance and discuss shared priorities and regional issues in advance of the ASEAN East Asia Summit, Bangkok, Thailand

November 19 – President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton attend meetings with Burmese President Thein Sein and Chair of the National League for Democracy and Member of Parliament Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon, Burma

November 19-20 – President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton attend the U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Meeting and the East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

President Obama’s ASEAN Schedule

Sunday, November 18

3:00 AM ET
President Obama arrives in Bangkok, Thailand

President Obama tours the Wat Pho Royal Monastery
Bangkok, Thailand

President Obama receives a Royal Audience with King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand

President Obama arrives at the Thai Koo Fah Building and takes part in a formal welcome ceremony
Government House, Bangkok, Thailand

President Obama signs a guest book
Government House, Bangkok, Thailand

President Obama has a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand
Government House, Bangkok, Thailand

President Obama and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand hold a press conference
Government House, Bangkok, Thailand

President Obama attends a dinner hosted by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand
Government House, Bangkok, Thailand

President Obama meets and greets with United States Embassy personnel
Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

President Obama overnights in Bangkok, Thailand

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Monday, November 19

President Obama departs from Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok, Thailand en route Rangoon, Burma

President Obama arrives at Yangon International Airport, Rangoon, Burma

President Obama attends a bilateral meeting with President Thein Sein of Burma
Parliament Building
Rangoon, Burma

President Obama meets with Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League of Democracy
Residence of Aung San Suu Kyi
Rangoon, Burma

President Obama delivers remarks
Residence of Aung San Suu Kyi
Rangoon, Burma

President Obama delivers a speech on relationship between the United States and Burma
University of Rangoon
Rangoon, Burma

President Obama departs Yangon International Airport Rangoon, Burma en route to Cambodia

President Obama arrives Phnom Penh International Airport, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

President Obama attends meets with Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia
Peace Palace
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

President Obama attends the US-ASEAN leaders meeting
Peace Palace
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

President Obama attends the East Asian Summit Dinner
Diamond Island Convention Center
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

President Obama overnights in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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Tuesday, November 20

President Obama attends plenary sessions meetings with East Asia Summit leaders Leaders
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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President Obama meets with Premier Wen Jiabao of China
Peace Palace
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

President Obama meets with Prime Minister Noda of Japan
Peace Palace
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

President Obama attends an East Asian Summit Plenary Session
Cambodia, Peace Palace, Phnom Penh

President Obama attends an East Asian Summit Retreat Session
Cambodia, Peace Palace, Phnom Penh

President Obama meets and greets with United States Embassy personnel
Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Raffles Hotel

President Obama departs Phnom Penh International Airport, Phnom Penh, Cambodia for the White House

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Wednesday, November 21

President Obama arrives at the White House

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86 Responses to ASEAN Summit 2012 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

  1. CR says:

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  2. CR says:

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    East Asia Summit (EAS) 2012

    • CR says:

      Obama To Attend US-ASEAN Summit in Cambodia

      January 16, 2012

      Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit (ASEAN) 2012 – 20th
      PHNOM PENH: US President Barack Obama will join US-ASEAN Summit in November 2012 hosted by Cambodia s chairmanship of 20th and 21st ASEAN Summit, officials said.

      Ouch Borith, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, told reporters after a meeting with Joseph Yun, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs that President Barack Obama will attend the US-ASEAN Summit, adding that the scheduled visit will strengthen Cambodia-US relations.

       Obama s visit will be a great honor for Cambodia, he said.

      http://www.dap-news.co/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8272:obama-to-attend-us-asean-summit-in-cambodia&catid=1:local-news&Itemid=18

      http://www.asean.org/

    • CR says:

      Statement by the Press Secretary on the President Traveling to Asia

      November 8, 2012 https://cambodia.usembassy.gov

      The President will travel to Bangkok, Thailand; Rangoon, Burma and Phnom Penh, Cambodia from November 17-20. In Thailand, he will meet with Prime Minister Yingluck to mark 180 years of diplomatic relations and reaffirm the strength of our alliance. In Burma, the President will meet with President Thein Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi and speak to civil society to encourage Burma’s ongoing democratic transition. In Cambodia, the President will attend the East Asia Summit and meet with the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. During his interactions in the region he will discuss a broad range of issues including economic prosperity and job creation through increased trade and partnerships, energy and security cooperation, human rights, shared values and other issues of regional and global concern

    • CR says:

      President Obama’s Trip to Asia – November 2012

      Published on Nov 16, 2012 by whitehouse

      Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes gave us a preview of the President Obama’s upcoming trip to Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia, where he will also attend the East Asia Summit and meet with the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

      • CR says:

        Sunday, November 18

        3:00 PM ET
        President Obama arrives in Bangkok, Thailand

        President Obama tours the Wat Pho Royal Monastery
        Bangkok, Thailand

        President Obama receives a Royal Audience with King Bhumibol Adulyadej
        Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand

        President Obama arrives at the Thai Koo Fah Building and takes part in a formal welcome ceremony
        Government House, Bangkok, Thailand

        President Obama signs a guest book
        Government House, Bangkok, Thailand

        President Obama has a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand
        Government House, Bangkok, Thailand

        President Obama and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand hold a press conference
        Government House, Bangkok, Thailand

        President Obama attends a dinner hosted by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand
        Government House, Bangkok, Thailand

        President Obama meets and greets with United States Embassy personnel
        Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

        President Obama overnights in Bangkok, Thailand

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        Monday, November 19

        President Obama departs from Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok, Thailand en route Rangoon, Burma

        President Obama arrives at Yangon International Airport, Rangoon, Burma

        President Obama attends a bilateral meeting with President Thein Sein of Burma
        Parliament Building
        Rangoon, Burma

        President Obama meets with Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League of Democracy
        Residence of Aung San Suu Kyi
        Rangoon, Burma

        President Obama delivers remarks
        Residence of Aung San Suu Kyi
        Rangoon, Burma

        President Obama delivers a speech on relationship between the United States and Burma
        University of Rangoon
        Rangoon, Burma

        President Obama departs Yangon International Airport Rangoon, Burma en route to Cambodia

        President Obama arrives Phnom Penh International Airport, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

        President Obama attends meets with Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia
        Peace Palace
        Phnom Penh, Cambodia

        President Obama attends the US-ASEAN leaders meeting
        Peace Palace
        Phnom Penh, Cambodia

        President Obama attends the East Asian Summit Dinner
        Diamond Island Convention Center
        Phnom Penh, Cambodia

        President Obama overnights in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
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        Tuesday, November 20

        President Obama attends plenary sessions meetings with East Asia Summit leaders Leaders
        Phnom Penh, Cambodia

        President Obama meets with Premier Wen Jiabao of China
        Phnom Penh, Cambodia

        President Obama meets with Prime Minister Noda of Japan
        Phnom Penh, Cambodia

        President Obama attends an East Asian Summit Plenary Session
        Cambodia, Peace Palace, Phnom Penh

        President Obama attends an East Asian Summit Retreat Session
        Cambodia, Peace Palace, Phnom Penh

        President Obama meets and greets with United States Embassy personnel
        Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Raffles Hotel

        President Obama departs Phnom Penh, Cambodia for the White House’

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        Wednesday, November 21

        President Obama arrives at the White House

      • CR says:

        Burma Expected to Highlight Obama Southeast Asia Tour

        Published on Nov 15, 2012 by VOAvideo

        In his first overseas trip since winning reelection, President Barack Obama is scheduled to leave Washington on Saturday, November 18, for Southeast Asia. The trip will include the first visit by a sitting U.S. president to Burma and Cambodia. VOA senior White House correspondent Dan Robinson reports.

    • CR says:

      Obama Courts Asean as China-Japan Tensions Rise: Southeast Asia

      Nov 15, 2012 2:24 PM PT By Daniel Ten Kate and Margaret Talev – bloomberg

      President Barack Obama aims to build trade ties with Asia on his first foreign trip since re- election, challenging China as island disputes leave the region more open to closer economic and military ties with the U.S.

      Obama’s three-day trip includes visits to Thailand, which said this week it would join the U.S.-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks, and Myanmar, a former military regime bordering China that is hosting an American president for the first time. He also will stop in Cambodia for a regional summit including leaders from China, Japan and South Korea, which are all poised to get new governments in 2013.

      “Clearly one of the objectives here is to force China to accept the U.S. rules of the game for integration in the region,” said John Ravenhill, a professor at Canberra-based Australian National University. “The Chinese are going to be torn by these geopolitical disputes and the desire to try to forge deeper integration with South Korea and Japan as a counterweight to any U.S.-led TPP.”

      China’s increased assertiveness over disputed islands near its shores has pushed its neighbors closer to the U.S. as Obama shifts naval assets to the region. Japan is bolstering its military alliance with the U.S. and boosting investment in Southeast Asia after its purchase of islands claimed by China rattled a $340 billion trade relationship between Asia’s biggest economies.

      For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-15/obama-courts-asean-as-china-japan-tensions-rise-southeast-asia.html

    • CR says:

      “I Will Go Anywhere in the World to Open New Markets for American Products”

      January 25. 2012 ustr.gov

      Did you see President Obama’s State of the Union last night? If not, you can watch a clip about trade and exports below. You can also read his remarks below the video.

      “We re also making it easier for American businesses to sell products all over the world. Two years ago, I set a goal of doubling U.S. exports over five years. With the bipartisan trade agreements we signed into law, we re on track to meet that goal ahead of schedule. (Applause.) And soon, there will be millions of new customers for American goods in Panama, Colombia, and South Korea. Soon, there will be new cars on the streets of Seoul imported from Detroit, and Toledo, and Chicago. (Applause.)

      “I will go anywhere in the world to open new markets for American products. And I will not stand by when our competitors don t play by the rules. We ve brought trade cases against China at nearly twice the rate as the last administration  – and it s made a difference. (Applause.) Over a thousand Americans are working today because we stopped a surge in Chinese tires. But we need to do more. It s not right when another country lets our movies, music, and software be pirated. It s not fair when foreign manufacturers have a leg up on ours only because they re heavily subsidized.

      “Tonight, I m announcing the creation of a Trade Enforcement Unit that will be charged with investigating unfair trading practices in countries like China. (Applause.) There will be more inspections to prevent counterfeit or unsafe goods from crossing our borders. And this Congress should make sure that no foreign company has an advantage over American manufacturing when it comes to accessing financing or new markets like Russia. Our workers are the most productive on Earth, and if the playing field is level, I promise you - America will always win.”

      • CR says:

        APNewsBreak: Obama to protect US goods globally

        1/25/12 By JOHN HEILPRIN | Associated Press 

        DAVOS, Switzerland (AP)  President Barack Obama has adopted a new strategy declaring for the first time that the United States has a national security interest to protect the nation s economic goods against terrorists, criminals and natural disasters in all corners of the globe.

        The new U.S. policy unveiled Wednesday by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in Switzerland is called the  National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security, according to a White House document provided to The Associated Press.

        It says potential economic threats to goods dependent on supplies from beyond U.S. borders are now a matter of national security and that the government must  resolve threats early.

        And that s not just cargo shipments  all  cyber and energy networks also are affected.

        At the World Economic Forum in Davos, she called Obama s policy  a look across all of U.S. government preparing for the worst.  When the unknown occurs, you have no time, she said.

        Businesses have often sought to cut costs by farming out many parts of their operations, leaving them potentially more at risk to disruptions outside the confines of their traditional areas of management. But with the economy increasingly globalized, businesses are becoming more dependent on each other  and more exposed to these risks.

         The global supply chain provides the food, medicine, energy and products that support our way of life, the document says.

         Many different entities are responsible for or reliant upon the functioning of the global supply chain, including regulators, law enforcement, public-sector buyers, private-sector business, and other foreign and domestic partners, it says.  The system relies upon an interconnected web of transportation infrastructure and pathways, information technology, and cyber and energy networks.

        Daniel J. Brutto, president of UPS International, said more such cooperation internationally would not only address supply chain threats but also speed up trade.  Many countries want a paper chain system, an archaic system, that slows down commerce, he said.  When there are disruptions, you are penalized very strongly and I don t think the financial institutions take that into account.

        For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/apnewsbreak-obama-protect-us-goods-globally-144814656.html

      • CR says:

        Trade cheats beware: new U.S. team will come after you: Kirk

        1/2912 By Warren Strobel | Reuters 

        DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – A new team of U.S. trade enforcers will make countries think twice about putting up unfair barriers to American exports, President Barack Obama’s top trade official said.
        U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk told Reuters that the team, announced by Obama last week, will include intelligence officials as well as representatives of other agencies in order to beef up U.S. resources and crack open markets.

        “We want to make sure we aren’t resource-constrained. Other countries know our budget and our resources … and so they’ll game the system because they know that we’re very discriminating on which cases we make,” Kirk said in an interview.

        “We don’t want them to make … that bet that we don’t have the resources to come after them if they’re intentionally and unfairly discriminating against American exporters,” Kirk said, speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

        He did not identify countries that could attract the attention of the unit, but Obama is under pressure to show business and voters he is taking a tough stance against China.

        For the entire article: http://goo.gl/t5DFX

    • CR says:

      Record Overseas Sales Boost U.S. Growth: Economy

      Nov 8, 2012 8:46 AM PT By Alex Kowalski – bloomberg

      Exports from the U.S. climbed to a record in September, contributing to an unexpected decline in the trade deficit that gave the world’s largest economy a boost at the end of the third quarter.

      The gap shrank 5.1 percent to $41.5 billion, the smallest since December 2010 and lower than any estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The gain in sales to overseas buyers was broad- based, with improvement in everything from soybeans to fuel and civilian aircraft.

      Growing demand from emerging markets in South and Central America may be helping to overcome a slowdown in Europe and China that is hurting companies such as Emerson Electric Co. (EMR) At the same time, U.S. consumers are spending more as the job market stabilizes, boosting the inflow of goods made abroad as retailers restock in advance of the year-end holidays.

      “The outlook in emerging markets is stronger than in Europe, and that’s where we would expect to see export growth,” said Jeremy Lawson, senior U.S. economist at BNP Paribas in New York, who projected the gap would decline to $42 billion, matching the lowest among economists surveyed. “Consumer goods imports were strong. Some of that may be in preparation for holiday shopping. The picture is getting better there.”

      The improvement in trade may boost third-quarter growth by 0.4 percentage point, according to economists at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in New York. Combined with prior data showing a pickup in construction and in inventories, the JPMorgan analysts now project the economy expanded at a 2.8 percent annual rate in July through September, up from an initial Commerce Department estimate of 2 percent.

      For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-08/trade-deficit-in-u-s-unexpectedly-narrows-on-record-exports.html

  3. COS says:

    Hey CR. How are you this Friday night? Very nice thread. I am looking forward to seeing PBO abroad. I love how PBO interacts with other leaders. Rachel had a nice little segment at the end of her show tonight where they had the Obama card board cuts placed over the city in Thailand. It was cute. I think she said it was
    10 cutouts. :)

    • CR says:

      Hah! That is cute!

      I am looking forward to PBO brokering more pro-USA trade deals but I don’t think that much of his trip will be televised so we will have to rely on YouTube videos. I will have to eat some Thai and Vietnamese food this weekend! :)

      • COS says:

        I will be checking to see if you have any links to where PBO will be. It will be a jam packed 3 day trip. MSM can cover Kate and her husband in England but they ignore our beautiful First Lady. Shame on them. :)

  4. CR says:

    November 10, 2012

    Weekly Address: Extending Middle Class Tax Cuts to Grow the Economy

    Hello, everybody.

    On Tuesday, America went to the polls. And the message you sent was clear: you voted for action, not politics as usual. You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours.

    That’s why I’ve invited leaders of both parties to the White House next week, so we can start to build consensus around challenges we can only solve together. I also intend to bring in business, labor and civic leaders from outside Washington to get their ideas and input as well.

    At a time when our economy is still recovering from the Great Recession, our top priority has to be jobs and growth. That’s the focus of the plan I talked about during the campaign. It’s a plan to reward businesses that create jobs here in America, and give people access to the education and training that those businesses are looking for. It’s a plan to rebuild our infrastructure and keep us on the cutting edge of innovation and clean energy. And it’s a plan to reduce our deficit in a balanced and responsible way.

    This is even more important because at the end of this year, we face a series of deadlines that require us to make major decisions about how to pay down our deficit – decisions that will have a huge impact on the economy and the middle class, now and in the future.

    Last year, I worked with Democrats and Republicans to cut a trillion dollars’ worth of spending, and I intend to work with both parties to do more. But as I said over and over again on the campaign trail, we can’t just cut our way to prosperity. If we’re serious about reducing the deficit, we have to combine spending cuts with revenue – and that means asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more in taxes. That’s how we did it when Bill Clinton was President. And that’s the only way we can afford to invest in education and job training and manufacturing – all the ingredients of a strong middle class and a strong economy.

    Already, I’ve put forward a detailed plan that allows us to make these investments while reducing our deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade. Now, I’m open to compromise and new ideas. But I refuse to accept any approach that isn’t balanced. I will not ask students or seniors or middle-class families to pay down the entire deficit while people making over $250,000 aren’t asked to pay a dime more in taxes. This was a central question in the election. And on Tuesday, we found out that the majority of Americans agree with my approach – that includes Democrats, Independents, and Republicans.

    Now we need a majority in Congress to listen – and they should start by making sure taxes don’t go up on the 98% of Americans making under $250,000 a year starting January 1. This is something we all agree on. Even as we negotiate a broader deficit reduction package, Congress should extend middle-class tax cuts right now. It’s a step that would give millions of families and 97% of small businesses the peace of mind that will lead to new jobs and faster growth. There’s no reason to wait.

    We know there will be differences and disagreements in the months to come. That’s part of what makes our political system work. But on Tuesday, you said loud and clear that you won’t tolerate dysfunction, or politicians who see compromise as a dirty word. Not when so many of your families are still struggling.

    Instead, you want cooperation. You want action. That’s what I plan to deliver in my second term, and I expect to find leaders from both parties willing to join me.

    Thanks, and have a great weekend.

  5. CR says:

    Myanmar welcomes Obama with graffiti

    11/17/12 By ERIKA KINETZ | Associated Press – 9 hrs ago

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — When Arker Kyaw heard President Barack Obama was coming to Myanmar, he gathered 15 cans of spray paint and headed for a blank brick wall under cover of darkness. Kyaw, whose passion is graffiti, labored from 3 a.m. until the sun came up. Passing taxi drivers and the occasional pedestrian gave him signs of encouragement as Obama’s grinning, uplifted face took shape against a background of the American and Myanmar flags.

    “I wanted to welcome him,” said Kyaw, a 19-year-old with a sweep of styled hair and a penchant for skinny jeans.

    The next day, someone — a rival graffiti artist, suspects Kyaw — scribbled over his handiwork with a can of black spray paint.

    Before dawn Saturday, as he watched for cops between tea breaks, he painted another wall with an image of Obama scrawled with the words “hello again.” He sees it as a shout out from the youth of Myanmar, and hopes Obama will glimpse it during his six-hour visit to the country, the first by a U.S. president.

    Word of Obama’s historic visit has spread quickly around Yangon, which is readying itself with legions of hunched workers painting fences and curbs, pulling weeds and scraping grime off old buildings in anticipation of the president’s Monday arrival.

    Some here read symbolic value into Obama’s itinerary. Obama is scheduled to meet with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as well as President Thein Sein, who is widely credited with driving the country’s recent political and economic reforms. He will also deliver a speech at the University of Yangon, which has been a seat of opposition since colonial times.

    Obama will not visit Naypyitaw, the muscular, desolate capital built in the middle of scrubland at great expense by the country’s military leaders in 2006.

    “I like that Obama will meet Aung San Suu Kyi. It’s a very good point,” said Than Lwin, a 47-year-old freelance teacher from Kachin state, where an armed insurgency continues.

    “I’m glad he’s not going to Naypyitaw,” he added, laughing. “Naypyitaw is only the military.”

    Many hope that Myanmar’s emerging friendship with the West will improve human rights in the country and help counterbalance the influence of neighboring China.

    “I think America can work for the people. China only works for the government,” said Wizaya, a 47-year-old monk from Mandalay who goes by one name. “This is our expectation, that they will help us. Whether they help us depends on them.”

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/myanmar-welcomes-obama-graffiti-052607671.html

    • CR says:

      Rangoon residents welcome Obama visit

      Published on Nov 9, 2012 by DVBTVenglish

      Rangoon residents welcome the upcoming trip by American President Barack Obama – the first visit by a U.S. leader to the country.

      It’s the strongest international endorsement of the fragile democratic transition in Burma after half a century of military rule.

    • CR says:

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      Awaiting President Obama in Myanmar

      NOVEMBER 16, 2012 ⋅ BY BECKY PALMSTROM ⋅ theworld

      Summary: President Obama is due to visit Myanmar (also known as Burma) on Monday. It’s a sign of how far the Asian country has come on reform in the past few years.
      Many Burmese are welcoming Obama’s visit, including young people who are studying the American system of government.

      Becky Palmstrom spoke with some of them at a campus in Yangon.

      For the audio interview: http://www.theworld.org/2012/11/obama-myanmar-burma/

    • CR says:

      For Obama’s visit, the Burmese government frees 450 prisoners

      11/15/2012 10:23 by Francis Khoo Thwe – AsiaNews

      MYANMAR
      In all likelihood, they are common prisoners and dissidents. For experts it is a gesture of “good will” in view of the visit of the U.S. President. Former political prisoner describes the amnesty as a “bargaining chip” with the West. Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar “has not yet reached the goal of a full democracy.”

      Yangon (AsiaNews) – The reformist government of Burma has ordered the release of 450 prisoners who will be later today. Analysts and experts of national policy emphasize that the amnesty is a gesture of good will, in view of the historic official visit of U.S. President Barack Obama – recently confirmed for a second term – to Myanmar scheduled for next week. So far it has not been confirmed whether political prisoners will be among the inmates who leave the cell today, but in the past amnesties issued by reformist President Thein Sein have included prisoners of conscience and common criminals.

      The release of (some) political prisoners is a key characteristic of the process of democratization being led by the country’s head of state, after five decades of the military regime that oppressed the former Burma. Among others, there is the abolition of censorship on publications, the enactment of laws that allow public demonstrations (peaceful) and union membership.

      AsiaNews sources in the country confirm the feeling of “greater freedom” in a country in “rapid evolution in the short space of a year.” More travel opportunities and fewer controls, the rapid spread of mobile phones, when in the past they were reserved for only the elite, the growth of the economy, are now a fact of life. The changes have prompted Western governments, including Washington, to cancel, or remove some economic and trade sanctions on Myanmar, giving rise to a new phase in relations with Naypyidaw.

      For more: http://www.asianews.it/news-en/For-Obama's-visit,-the-Burmese-government-frees-450-prisoners-26360.html

    • CR says:

      Phnom Penh residents who wrote “SOS” to Obama on their rooftops arrested by police

      11/16/2012 15:24 AsiaNews

      CAMBODIA
      Land grab is behind their action. Families living near the airport are affected by planned expansion. Activists succeed in getting them released. Beggars, drug addicts and sex workers are rounded up in camps ahead of ASEAN summit and US president’s visit.

      Phnom Penh (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Cambodian police arrested eight people Thursday for displaying pictures of President Barack Obama next to the word “SOS” on their roofs ahead of the newly-re-elected US leader much-anticipated visit to the Southeast nation. Demonstrators took this step to warn world public opinion and the US government about the bitter land disputes and paltry compensation they face.

      The eight people detained live near Phnom Penh International Airport. They were recently served with eviction notices to make way for the airport’s planned expansion, and so demand fair compensation.

      The charges against them were not immediately clear. But speedy action by human rights activists secured their release a few hours after police picked them at their home.

      “They put Obama’s picture on their roofs and painted ‘SOS’ next to it,” said national police spokesman Kirt Chantharith, and were questioned “about their reason for doing this”.

      Human rights groups complain that the arrests are but the latest example of abuse by the authorities who grab land for the cost of a pittance or less, whilst cracking down on any form of protest.

      At least 180 families will be affected by the expansion of the Cambodian capital’s airport.

      This incident follows a demonstration in front of the gates of the US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Monday by more than 100 people from communities involved in five separate land disputes.

      Street protests over land grabs and forced evictions have been a regular feature of Cambodian life for some time, often ending in arrests and injuries.

      For more: http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Phnom-Penh-residents-who-wrote-SOS-to-Obama-on-their-rooftops-arrested-by-police-26373.html

  6. CR says:

    Della Mae Bluegrass in Pakistan

    NOVEMBER 16, 2012 BY STEPHEN SNYDER ⋅ TheWorld

    Summary: The members of the band Della Mae come from all over the United States: Vermont, South Carolina, Colorado, Wyoming and Washington State. And they are steeped in the Appalachian bluegrass tradition. You can’t get much more American than that.

    Perhaps that’s why the US State Department selected Della Mae to be America’s cultural ambassadors to Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The band calls it their “‘Stan Tour.”

    Members of the band spoke to The World’s Aaron Schachter from the US Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, seven days into their six-week tour. They said their first show of the tour, in Islamabad, was particular memorable.

    “When we showed up, after having only been in Pakistan for about four hours, we arrived to an audience of very excited and enthusiastic women who were yelling like we were the Rolling Stones.”

    That first concert, at Pakistan’s oldest women’s college, Fatima Jinnah University in Islamabad, set the tone for the first days of the tour. The group’s high energy music was matched by a hectic schedule of appearances, including more concerts in Islamabad and in Pakistan’s cultural capital Lahore before moving on to the remaining ”Stans.”

    For the audio interview: http://www.theworld.org/2012/11/bluegrass-in-pakistan/

  7. CR says:

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and the Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  8. CR says:

    Barber wins full term in Ariz.’s 2nd District

    11/17/12 12:16 PM EST By CRAIG HOWIE – POLITICO

    Democratic Rep. Ron Barber has prevailed over Republican Martha McSally for a full term in Gabrielle Giffords’s former Arizona district, the Associated Press reported Saturday.

    Barber was the handpicked successor of Giffords, who stepped down after being wounded in a Tucson mass shooting in Jan. 2011.

    “I’m really proud and honored that I’ve been given another opportunity to serve,” Barber told the Associated Press. “I never expected to be in Congress. When I won the special election I was thrilled about that and now I have two years to get some work done, and I really understand what the issues are nationally and locally and I’m going to be working hard on those.”

    Barber, a former Giffords aide, held a slim lead over McSally in Arizona’s 2nd District as a final batch of ballots was counted, a lead that stretched to more than 1400 votes late Friday. With only blue-leaning Pima County votes to be counted, both parties expected Barber to win out. McSally conceded the race to in a phone call early Saturday, Barber said.

    Officials from both parties said the delay was the result of Arizona’s vote-counting process, where early, absentee and provisional ballots were only counted in the days after the Nov. 6 election.

    For more: http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-congress/2012/11/ap-barber-wins-full-term-in-arizs-nd-district-149832.html

  9. CR says:

    WH

    Sunday, November , 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    3:00 AM
    President Obama arrives in Bangkok, Thailand

    3:45 AM
    President Obama tours the Wat Pho Royal Monastery
    Bangkok, Thailand

    4:00 AM
    5:00 AM
    President Obama receives a Royal Audience with King Bhumibol Adulyadej
    Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand

    6:00 AM
    President Obama arrives at the Thai Koo Fah Building and takes part in a formal welcome ceremony
    Government House, Bangkok, Thailand

    6:10 AM
    President Obama signs a guest book
    Government House, Bangkok, Thailand

    7:00 AM
    7:10 AM
    President Obama and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand hold a press conference
    Government House, Bangkok, Thailand

    8:00 AM
    8:15 AM
    President Obama attends a dinner hosted by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand
    Government House, Bangkok, Thailand

    9:00 AM
    9:45 AM
    President Obama meets and greets with United States Embassy personnel
    Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

    President Obama overnights in Bangkok, Thailand

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    Vice President Biden travels to Seaside Heights area and Hoboken, New Jersey to view storm damage and thank first responders who put their lives at risk to protect their communities.

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    President Obama departs Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok, Thailand en route Rangoon, Burma

    10:00 PM
    10:10 PM
    President Obama arrives in Yangon International Airport, Rangoon, Burma

    10:55 PM
    President Obama meets with President Thein Sein of Burma
    Parliament Building, Rangoon, Burma

    Vice President Biden returns to Washington, DC.

  10. CR says:

    asean-2012-cambodia
    November 18, 2012

    President Obama arrives in Bangkok, Thailand

    President Obama tours the Wat Pho Royal Monastery
    Bangkok, Thailand

    President Obama receives a Royal Audience with King Bhumibol Adulyadej
    Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand

    President Obama arrives at the Thai Koo Fah Building and takes part in a formal welcome ceremony
    Government House, Bangkok, Thailand

    President Obama signs a guest book
    Government House, Bangkok, Thailand

    President Obama has a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand
    Government House, Bangkok, Thailand

    President Obama and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand hold a press conference
    Government House, Bangkok, Thailand

    President Obama attends a dinner hosted by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand
    Government House, Bangkok, Thailand

    President Obama meets and greets with United States Embassy personnel
    Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

    President Obama overnights in Bangkok, Thailand

    • CR says:

      Barack Obama arrives in Thailand for Southeast Asia trip

      Published on Nov 18, 2012 by telegraphtv

      US President Barack Obama arrives in Bangkok to meet Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on his Southeast Asian trip.

    • CR says:

      President Obama meets King Bhumibol of Thailand

      Published on Nov 18, 2012 by 304up

      BANGKOK – (Nov18) His Majesty the King granted an audience to United States President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Ambassador Kristie Kenney on Sunday afternoon at Siriraj Hospital.

      After arriving at Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport just after 3pm, Mr Obama met a group of Thai officials, including His Majesty the King’s representative Gen Surayud Chulanond.

      The re-elected president and his entourage then met 600 members of the US embassy staff and later visited Wat Pho, a temple renowned for its giant reclining Buddha statue.

      He was then granted an audience with His Majesty, followed by an official dinner hosted by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at Government House.

    • CR says:

      World News – Obama visits temple In Thailand

      Published on Nov 18, 2012 by LoboDePraia

      Video: Barack Obama visits Buddhist temple in Thailand – Telegraph

    • CR says:

      November 18, 2012

      Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Shinawatra in a Joint Press Conference

      Government House
      Bangkok, Thailand

      7:18 P.M. ICT

      PRIME MINISTER SHINAWATRA: Ladies and gentlemen of the media, let me start by once again welcoming President Barack Obama and his delegation to Thailand.

      Thailand is the first country President Obama chose to visit following with his decisive reelection less than two weeks ago. We appreciate the significance of the gesture, Mr. President. And we all thank you for being here today.

      President Obama’s visit is the perfect occasion to launch a celebration of 180th anniversary of Thai-U.S. diplomatic relations next year. I thank both President Obama and Secretary Clinton for actively promote Thai-U.S. relations and for the United States’ constructive engagement in Asia.

      This afternoon I had the honor of accompanying the President for an audience with His Majesty the King, reflecting the close relationship between our two countries at the highest level.

      Lastly, at the bilateral meetings, we had productive and wide-ranging discussions, and mostly of friendly partnership. Thailand is the oldest treaty ally of the U.S. in Asia, and a long-lasting one because of our shared commitment to democracy, human rights, and free markets.

      I expressed to the President that it is my firm commitment to the people to preserve and protect democratic systems, and I appreciate the President’s support of democracy in Thailand. And I agree with him that democracy will lead to economic process, as we agree that celebrating — success is not enough. We look to the future and to build an even stronger strategic partnership that benefit both countries and indeed the broader regions, ASEAN and Asia Pacific.

      On the economic front, to generate growth and create jobs for both Thai and Americans, the President and I agree to redouble our effort to promote trade and investment and people-to-people exchanges. We will also strengthen our cooperation in energy and food securities. Furthermore, we agree that Thailand is a strategic location and a hub for ASEAN connectivities and the ASEAN economic communities, AEC. We will work together to make the regions an engine of growth, contributing toward global economic stability and sustainabilities.

      Within this context, I informed the President that Thailand will initiate negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, which will engage all stakeholders and undertake the necessary domestic legislative process to make it become a reality.

      The President and I had wide-ranging discussions about regional issues, and I welcome his upcoming historic visit to Myanmar and Cambodia. We welcome the United States bringing new focus on Southeast Asia, and believe our bilateral partnership can help contribute to regional peace, securities, and prosperities.
      But our cooperation goes beyond the region. At the global level, Thailand is concerned with the trade of weapons of mass destruction, or WMD. Therefore, I informed the President that Thailand will join the Proliferation Security Initiative, or PSI. We believe that PSI will help to win WMD from falling into the wrong hands, which is in the shared interest of all.

      The President and I also discussed on how to tackle transnational crimes, and in particular, human trafficking. I reaffirmed my commitment to fight human trafficking, which equals to modern slavery. We also discussed cooperation on combatting terrorism and how to deal with the climate change issue, especially in the term of disaster relief.

      Finally, we recognized the importance of continued high-level exchange and consultations between our two countries. As part of our growing partnership, the President and I agree to stay in close touch and to have our minister and agency to do the same on the rich agenda we discussed today.

      Thank you for your time.

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, thank you very much. Good evening to the people of Thailand who have welcomed me so graciously. And let me say — Sawatdee khrap. (Laughter.) I will say that the Prime Minister’s English is much better than my Thai. (Laughter.) But I want to say thank you so much, Madam Prime Minister, for your very warm welcome, your generous words, and the sense of partnership that you bring to our work today.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/11/18/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-shinawatra-joint-press-confer

      • CR says:

        November 18, 2012

        Joint Press Statement between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra

        Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand and President Barack Obama of the United States of America met today at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, on the eve of the anniversary of 180 years of diplomatic relations between Thailand and the United States of America to chart the way for a deeper bilateral strategic partnership and enhanced regional cooperation.

        The President expressed his appreciation for his audience with His Majesty the King of Thailand and conveyed his warmest wishes to Their Majesties the King and Queen and the Royal Family. He further reaffirmed the enduring U.S. support for democracy in Thailand and welcomed the Royal Thai Government’s commitment to strengthen Thailand’s parliamentary democracy. He emphasized that Thailand is America’s oldest treaty ally in Asia, and the two leaders agreed that this alliance is rooted in the shared commitment to democracy, rule of law, universal human rights, open societies, and a free market, which has bonded the people of the two nations closely together. Prime Minister Yingluck added that the 180 years of diplomatic relations between Thailand and the United States, first established by the 1833 Treaty of Amity and Commerce, is a partnership that has not only stood the test of time and proved beneficial to the two countries, but also has meaningfully contributed to the promotion of stability, prosperity, and the creation of jobs between both partners and the Southeast Asian region as a whole.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/11/18/joint-press-statement-between-president-barack-obama-and-prime-minister-

    • CR says:

      ASEAN agrees to set up territorial rules

      Nov. 18, 2012 – Updated 12:49 UTC (21:49 JST) NHK

      The leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations have agreed to quickly conclude legally-binding rules over the territorial disputes between some members and China in the South China Sea.

      ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan told reporters on Sunday the leaders had discussed the disputes that the Philippines and Vietnam have with China, and agreed to find a peaceful resolution.

      ASEAN apparently wanted to demonstrate its unity before a meeting with China on Monday.

      However, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said the members should pay more attention to the cooperative relationship with partners outside the ASEAN framework.

      Cambodia has close ties with China. Hun Sen’s remark apparently shows Cambodia’s consideration for China, which is reluctant to draft any legally-binding rules.

      Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak have arrived in Phnom Penh. US President Barack Obama is expected to arrive on Monday.

      Maritime security is likely to be a key topic for the discussions due to the maritime disputes between some Asian nations, including Japan and China.

    • CR says:

      November 18, 2012

      Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Shinawatra at an Official Dinner

      Government House
      Bangkok, Thailand

      8:13 P.M. ICT

      PRIME MINISTER SHINAWATRA: President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Excellency, ladies and gentlemen, it gives me a great pleasure to welcome you to Thailand and to be the first country to receive you after your decisive reelection victory. I hope to make the gala dinner tonight not only a reception for your visit, but also a celebration for your second term in office. I sincerely believe that your presidency will be a successful one and will be fruitful in enhancing the relationship between our two nations.

      I also wish to take this occasion to thank you and your team, in particular Secretary Clinton, for all that she has done to advance Thai-U.S. relations and U.S. engagement with Asia. Our partnership is exceptional, not only because of the deep historical roots, but also because of strong people-to-people ties based on shared values of democracy and respect for civil liberties.

      We appreciate your support in bringing democracy in Thailand back on track. I hope you continue to do so as Thailand’s democracy still faces many challenges ahead.

      In terms of economic relations, as the President and I have discussed today, we will continue to build on a strong foundation in expanding our trade and investment to promote growth and create jobs. The world is changing fast, and only through trust, partnership can we ensure peace and prosperity for both nations.

      Excellency, ladies and gentlemen, for me there is no better way to launch a celebration of our 180th anniversary of relations in 2013 than with this presidential visit today. May I invite all of you to join me in a toast: To the good health and success of President Barack Obama, and to the long-lasting friendship between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Thailand.

      Cheers.

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, good evening, everyone. Madam Prime Minister, distinguished guests and ladies and gentlemen, my visit to Thailand is far too brief, but even in my short stay I’ve already felt the extraordinary warmth and kindness and hospitality of the people of Thailand. Everyone knows that this is the “Land of Smiles,” and I have felt it everywhere that I’ve gone.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/11/18/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-shinawatra-official-dinner

  11. CR says:

    November 18

    Vice President Biden travels to Seaside Heights area and Hoboken, New Jersey to view storm damage and thank first responders who put their lives at risk to protect their communities.

    • COS says:

      Hey CR and friends. I am happy that the administration is keeping a presence in New York and NJ to let the people know that they are not forgotten.

    • CR says:

      Biden tours Jersey Shore, promises Sandy support

      11/18/12 3:40 PM EST By JENNIFER EPSTEIN -POLITICO44

      The Obama administration is committed to helping the Jersey Shore and other regions hit by Hurricane Sandy recover, Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday after touring wreckage along the coast.

      “This is going to be a long process. This is going to be an expensive process,” he said, addressing reporters in Seaside Heights, but it’s a process the federal government is committed to. “This is a national responsibility … this is not a local responsibility.”

      “We’re not going anywhere and you’ve got a homeboy in the deal who gets it,” he said, referring to himself.

      Biden spent a few hours midday Sunday flying over damaged areas by helicopter, traveling with Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Rep. Jon Runyan (R-N.J.) and other local officials.

      After the storm hit the East Coast late last month, Biden spent time on the campaign trail heralding the bipartisan cooperation that recovery and relief efforts have brought about.

      Earlier in the day, Biden noted that his home state of Delaware didn’t experience much damage in the storm. “We got extremely lucky,” he said.

      In Seaside, he found a personal tie to the damage, recalling summers as a child. “I spent all my time on the Jersey Shore,” he said. “I was literally raised on the shore.”

      biden-seaside-heights-nj

      Vice President Joe Biden visits the Hurricane Sandy damaged city of Seaside Heights, New Jersey November 18, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

      • CR says:

        Raw: Biden Tours Storm-Damage in New Jersey

        Published on Nov 18, 2012 by AssociatedPress

        Following a helicopter tour over New Jersey’s storm-damaged coastline, Vice President Joe Biden met with dozens of first responders in Seaside Heights and received a briefing on damaged caused by the storm. (Nov. 18)

  12. CR says:

    Sunday talk show tip sheet

    11/16/12 5:32 PM EST By KATIE GLUECK – POLITICO

    (Excerpts)

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
    • Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman, Senate Intelligence Committee
    • Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman, House Intelligence Committee
    • Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho)
    • John Podesta, former Clinton White House chief of staff
    • Mike Murphy, Republican strategist

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), ranking member, Senate Armed Services Committee
    • Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine)
    • Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)

    “This Week” on ABC
    • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
    • Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee
    • Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman, House Homeland Security Committee
    • Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.)
    • Newt Gingrich, former House speaker and Republican presidential candidate
    • Donna Brazile, Democratic strategist

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Durbin
    • Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.)
    • Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
    • Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), ranking member, House Intelligence Committee
    • Carlos Gutierrez, former commerce secretary and Romney campaign adviser

    “Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
    • Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner
    • Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Sen.-Elect Angus King (I-Maine)

    “Al Punto” on Univision
    • Gutierrez
    • Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.)
    • Rep.-Elect Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.)
    • Rep.-Elect Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Calif.)

    “Washington Week” on TV One
    • Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.)
    • Michael Steele, former Republican National Committee chairman

    For the entire article: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83991.html?hp=r3

  13. CR says:

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and our Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  14. CR says:

    Murphy claims victory, West seeks hearing as recount deadline hits

    11/18/12 01:43 PM ET By Meghashyam Mali – TheHill

    Democrat Patrick Murphy’s campaign is claiming victory in his race to unseat GOP Rep. Allen West (Fla.) on Sunday after a deadline passed for officials to report results from a partial recount in the race, but West’s campaign says they will seek a hearing to block certification.

    “Today at noon, it became clear Patrick Murphy will be officially certified as the next Congressman from the 18th Congressional District,” said Murphy’s campaign manager Anthony Kusich, in an emailed statement. “The voters have spoken and Patrick Murphy is once again the clear winner. It is beyond time to put this campaign behind us and put the interests of the people of the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches first.”

    The campaign said “Florida law is very clear that Murphy’s win will now be certified,” and called on officials to “certify the election and confirm what the voters of the 18th District have said loudly and clearly.”

    But Tim Edson, West’s campaign manager, quickly dismissed Murphy’s claims of victory, telling the Palm Beach Post “As usual, Murphy’s people are full of garbage.”

    Edson told the paper the dispute was “something the secretary of state and governor will have to sort out.”

    The report said that West’s attorneys will seek an emergency hearing on their claims.

    On Saturday, West’s campaign had secured a legal victory in courts, when a judge blocked Murphy’s attempt to stop a recount of early votes in St. Lucie County. The county had until noon today to finish processing the 37,379 early ballots in the election, according to reports, but failed to meet the deadline.

    According to state law, the previously submitted results will be certified unless either campaign obtains an emergency exemption from the state.

    If the current unofficial results are certified by election officials, Murphy will win by 1,907 votes or 0.58 percentage points.

    For more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/268637-murphy-claims-victory-over-west-after-fla-recount-deadline-passes

    • CR says:

      Congressional Black Caucus bids farewell to Allen West, its last remaining GOP member

      11/20/12 By Chris Moody, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 2 hrs 41 mins ago

      WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—The Congressional Black Caucus will revert to a Democrats-only club when the 113th Congress convenes in January.

      The group’s sole Republican, Florida Rep. Allen West, conceded a contentious House race on Tuesday. West was the third Republican to join the caucus since its formation in 1971; the caucus’ last Republican member was Connecticut Rep. Gary Frank who was unseated 16 years ago. Republican Mia Love, who said she planned to join the CBC if elected, lost her Utah House race. The only other black House Republican, Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina, declined to become a member in 2010 and has not indicated that he will do so in the coming session.

      West, an outspoken Army veteran and conservative whose rise to power was boosted by a groundswell of tea party support, was known as a rabble-rouser within the caucus.

      As the lone Republican, he did little to shape the group’s liberal policy stances. Outgoing CBC Chairman Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri added a disclaimer to official CBC statements stating they may not represent the views of all members. “I did that as chair, trying to be responsive to things he might be concerned about,” Cleaver, a Democrat, told Yahoo News. When the CBC unveiled its budget blueprint in 2011, West was not present at the press conference to discuss it.

      Democratic members of the CBC said that while West attended meetings, they didn’t pay much attention to him.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/congressional-black-caucus-bids-farewell-allen-west-last-213654299–election.html

  15. CR says:

    Obama calls CEOs including Buffett, Dimon

    11/18/12 4:54 PM EST By JENNIFER EPSTEIN – POLITICO44

    President Obama made calls to a handful of top business leaders over the weekend, a White House official said Sunday, as part of effort to build support for his approach to averting the fiscal cliff.

    In conversations that came during his weekend of travel to and in Asia, Obama stressed “the need to find a balanced deficit reduction solution that protects the middle class and continues to move our economy forward,” the official said.

    Obama spoke to Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett, Apple CEO Tim Cook, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Boeing CEO Jim McNerney and Costco CEO Craig Jelinek, the official said.

    The president had a similar conversation with business leaders including the CEOs of General Electric, Honeywell and American Express at the White House on Wednesday. Some in the business community noted the conspicuous absence of CEOs of investment firms at the meeting, but Buffett and Dimon are both key figures on Wall Street and beyond.

  16. CR says:

    WH

    Monday, November 19, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    12:00 AM
    12:35 AM
    President Obama meets with Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League of Democracy
    Residence of Aung San Suu Kyi
    Rangoon, Burma

    1:00 AM
    1:05 AM
    President Obama delivers remarks
    Residence of Aung San Suu Kyi
    Rangoon, Burma

    1:35 AM
    President Obama attends the US-ASEAN leaders meeting
    Peace Palace
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    2:00 AM
    2:45 AM
    President Obama delivers a speech on relationship between the United States and Burma
    University of Rangoon
    Rangoon, Burma

    3:00 AM
    3:50 AM
    3:50 AM
    President Obama departs Rangoon, Burma en route Yangon International Airport, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    4:00 AM
    5:00 AM
    5:40 AM
    President Obama arrives at Phnom Penh International Airport, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    5:45 AM
    President Obama is welcomed by Prime Minister Han Sen of Cambodia
    Cambodia, Peace Palace, Phnom Penh

    6:00 AM
    6:05 AM
    President Obama meets with Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia
    Peace Palace
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    6:35 AM
    The President is welcomed to the US-ASEAN leaders meeting
    Local Event Time: 6:35 PM ICT
    Cambodia, Peace Palace, Phnom Penh

    6:40 AM
    President Obama is welcomed to the US-ASEAN leaders meeting
    Cambodia, Peace Palace, Phnom Penh

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    8:30 AM
    President Obama arrives at Diamond Island Convention Center and is welcomed to the East Asia Summit Dinner
    Cambodia, Diamond Island Convention Center, Phnom Penh

    8:35 AM
    President Obama attends the East Asian Summit Dinner
    Diamond Island Convention Center
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    9:00 AM
    President Obama participates in the Trans-Pacific Partnership meeting
    Cambodia, Peace Palace, Phnom Penh

    10:00 AM
    10:45 AM
    President Obama meets with Prime Minister Noda of Japan on the margins of the East Asia Summit
    Cambodia, Peace Palace, Phnom Penh

    11:00 AM
    11:45 AM
    President Obama meets with Premier Wen Jiabao of China on the margins of the East Asia Summit
    Cambodia, Peace Palace, Phnom Penh

    President Obama overnights in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    2:30 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama speaks about the importance of after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities education.

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  17. CR says:

    asean-2012-cambodia

    November 19

    President Obama attends a bilateral meeting with President Thein Sein of Burma
    Parliament Building
    Rangoon, Burma

    President Obama meets with Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League of Democracy
    Residence of Aung San Suu Kyi
    Rangoon, Burma

    President Obama delivers remarks
    Residence of Aung San Suu Kyi
    Rangoon, Burma

    President Obama delivers a speech on relationship between the United States and Burma
    University of Rangoon
    Rangoon, Burma

    President Obama attends meetings for the East Asia Summit
    Rangoon, Burma

    President Obama departs Yangon International Airport Rangoon, Burma en route to Cambodia

    President Obama arrives Phnom Penh International Airport, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    President Obama attends meets with Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia
    Peace Palace
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    President Obama attends the US-ASEAN leaders meeting
    Peace Palace
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    President Obama attends the East Asian Summit Dinner
    Diamond Island Convention Center
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    President Obama participates in the Trans-Pacific Partnership meeting
    Cambodia, Peace Palace, Phnom Penh

    President Obama meets with Prime Minister Noda of Japan on the margins of the East Asia Summit
    Cambodia, Peace Palace, Phnom Penh

    President Obama meets with Premier Wen Jiabao of China on the margins of the East Asia Summit
    Cambodia, Peace Palace, Phnom Penh

    President Obama overnights in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

    • CR says:

      Obama arrives in Myanmar, first visit by a US President

      Published on Nov 19, 2012 by LastMNews

      U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Myanmar today, the first visit by a serving U.S. president to the Southeast Asian country, which is opening up after almost half a century of military rule. His plane landed at the airport in the former capital, Yangon, where Obama, accompanied by U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, was greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar, Derek Mitchell, Myanmar Foreign Minister, Wunna Maung Lwin as well as other officials. A girl in a traditional Myanmar attire offered him flowers. Obama is due to meet President Thein Sein, who has led the political and economic reforms since taking office in March 2011, and opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who led the fight for democracy under the former junta.

    • CR says:

      November 19, 2012

      Remarks by President Obama and President Thein Sein of Burma After Bilateral Meeting

      Parliament Building
      Rangoon, Burma

      11:12 A.M. MMT

      PRESIDENT SEIN: (As interpreted.) First of all, the entire people of Myanmar, including myself, join me in welcoming here Excellencies — Mr. President, the first ever visit of a U.S. President to Myanmar. And it is in Myanmar — our bilateral relationship.

      In fact, Myanmar established diplomatic relations with the United States since — in the year 1947, a year before our — the year before our independence. The United States was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Myanmar, and our countries have long history and have maintained friendly relations.

      For the first 20 years, there were some difficulties and obstacles in our bilateral relations. But, however, when President Obama took office in the United States, and because of the visions — a reengagement policy of the President as well as the efforts of the Secretary of State and the contributions of the ambassadors — our bilateral relations have been progressing steadily. And then, in this regard, I would like to reiterate our commitment to continue cooperation to strengthen our bilateral relations in the years to come.

      In this regard, we would like to reiterate that based on mutual respect, understanding and cooperation, we will move forward to further strengthen and promote our bilateral relations with the United States.

      During our discussion, we also reached agreements that — for development of democracy in Myanmar and for promoting of human rights to be in — of international standard. We will continue to cooperate with the United States to — for the capacity buildings of our officials and for development of our — development of social — in the area of social — such as education and health — public health care services for the people of Myanmar.

      In this regard, I would like to — we will redouble our efforts that the discussion — the discussions that we had will bring benefit for the people of Myanmar and bring prosperity to our country. And in this regard, we will continue to work with — as partner with the United States.

      Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to President Obama’s visions, and the support as well as the efforts of — excellent efforts of Secretary Clinton, as well as the responsible officials from the State Department which have paved the way for promotion of our bilateral relations and cooperation between our two countries.

      I want to use the exact word used by the President Obama. We will continue to move forward. We will move forward. (Laughter.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/11/19/remarks-president-obama-and-president-thein-sein-burma-after-bilateral-m

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      Historical visit of US President Mr. Barak Obama to Yangon, Myanmar (with President Mr. Thein

      Published on Nov 19, 2012 by yadanar10
      11/19/2012

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      November 19, 2012

      Remarks by President Obama and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

      Aung San Suu Kyi Residence
      Rangoon, Burma

      1:05 P.M. MMT

      DAW AUNG SAN SUU KYI: I would like to say how happy I am to receive President Obama in my country and in my house. The friendship between our two countries is of long standing. The United States has been staunch in its support of the democracy movement in Burma, and we are confident that this support will continue through the difficult years that lie ahead. I say difficult because the most difficult time in any transition is when we think that success is in sight. Then we have to be very careful that we are not lured by a mirage of success and that we are working to a genuine success for our people and for the friendship between our two countries.

      I believe that we have been able to discuss our various concerns openly, and that as a result of the President’s visit to this country, the relations between our countries can only progress in the right direction.

      I intend fully to keep in touch with the United States government as far as possible, and to make sure that we always liaise one another on the most important matters.

      Now, I’m told I have three minutes, and I think this is about three minutes. So thank you all for coming. And I leave the floor to President Obama.

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I’ll try to be pretty brief, although not as eloquent. I was honored to be the first President to welcome Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to the White House. I’m proud to be the first American President to visit this spectacular country, and I am very pleased that one of my first stops is to visit with an icon of democracy who has inspired so many people not just in this country but all around the world.

      I especially want to thank Aung San Suu Kyi for welcoming me to her home. Here, through so many difficult years, is where she displayed such unbreakable courage and determination. It’s here where she showed that human freedom and dignity cannot be denied.

      Today marks the next step in a new chapter between the United States and Burma. Last year, in response to early flickers of reform, I asked Secretary Clinton to visit this country and explore with Aung San Suu Kyi and the government whether the United States could empower reform efforts and begin a new relationship between our peoples.

      In the year since, we’ve seen some very encouraging progress, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s release and election to Parliament; the release of political prisoners; the lifting of restrictions on the press; and new laws to expand labor rights and eliminate the use of child soldiers. And at my direction, the United States has responded to support these reforms, including the easing of sanctions.

      Now, as a former legislator myself, I followed your role in the new Parliament with interest and admiration. Real democracy involves having different branches of government check and balance each other, and I applaud your efforts in that regard, particularly as the head of the committee of the rule of law.

      In my discussions here in Yangon, our goal is to sustain the momentum for democratization. That includes building credible government institutions, establishing rule of law, ending ethnic conflicts, and ensuring that the people of this country have access to greater education, health care, and economic opportunity.

      And I want to make a pledge to the people of this country that I am confident we can keep, and that is if we see continued progress towards reform, our bilateral ties will grow stronger and we will do everything we can to help ensure success.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/11/19/remarks-president-obama-and-daw-aung-san-suu-kyi

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        Freedom from Fear

        Aung San Suu Kiy, 1990

        The essay Freedom From Fear was first released for publication to commemorate the European Parliament’s award to Aung San Suu Kyi of the 1990 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Aung San Suu Kyi is the daughter of Burma’s liberation leader Aung San and showed an early interest in Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violent protest. After having long refrained from political activity, she became involved in “‘the second struggle for national independence” in Myanmar in 1988. She became the leader of a democratic opposition which employs non-violent means to resist a regime characterized by brutality. She also emphasizes the need for conciliation between the sharply divided regions and ethnic groups in her country. The election held in May 1990 resulted in a conclusive victory for the opposition. The regime ignored the election results. Suu Kyi refused to leave the country and since then, she was kept under strict house arrest until November 2010

        It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it. Most Burmese are familiar with the four a-gati, the four kinds of corruption. Chanda-gati, corruption induced by desire, is deviation from the right path in pursuit of bribes or for the sake of those one loves. Dosa-gati is taking the wrong path to spite those against whom one bears ill will, and moga-gati is aberration due to ignorance. But perhaps the worst of the four is bhaya-gati, for not only does bhaya, fear, stifle and slowly destroy all sense of right and wrong, it so often lies at the root of the other three kinds of corruption. Just as chanda-gati, when not the result of sheer avarice, can be caused by fear of want or fear of losing the goodwill of those one loves, so fear of being surpassed, humiliated or injured in some way can provide the impetus for ill will. And it would be difficult to dispel ignorance unless there is freedom to pursue the truth unfettered by fear. With so close a relationship between fear and corruption it is little wonder that in any society where fear is rife corruption in all forms becomes deeply entrenched.

        For more: http://worldinbalance.net/library/freedomfromfear.php

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      November 19, 2012

      Remarks by President Obama at the University of Yangon

      Rangoon, Burma

      2:39 P.M. MMT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you. (Applause.) Myanmar Naingan, Mingalaba! (Laughter and applause.) I am very honored to be here at this university and to be the first President of the United States of America to visit your country.

      I came here because of the importance of your country. You live at the crossroads of East and South Asia. You border the most populated nations on the planet. You have a history that reaches back thousands of years, and the ability to help determine the destiny of the fastest growing region of the world.

      I came here because of the beauty and diversity of your country. I have seen just earlier today the golden stupa of Shwedagon, and have been moved by the timeless idea of metta — the belief that our time on this Earth can be defined by tolerance and by love. And I know this land reaches from the crowded neighborhoods of this old city to the homes of more than 60,000 villages; from the peaks of the Himalayas, the forests of Karen State, to the banks of the Irrawady River.

      I came here because of my respect for this university. It was here at this school where opposition to colonial rule first took hold. It was here that Aung San edited a magazine before leading an independence movement. It was here that U Thant learned the ways of the world before guiding it at the United Nations. Here, scholarship thrived during the last century and students demanded their basic human rights. Now, your Parliament has at last passed a resolution to revitalize this university and it must reclaim its greatness, because the future of this country will be determined by the education of its youth.

      I came here because of the history between our two countries. A century ago, American traders, merchants and missionaries came here to build bonds of faith and commerce and friendship. And from within these borders in World War II, our pilots flew into China and many of our troops gave their lives. Both of our nations emerged from the British Empire, and the United States was among the first countries to recognize an independent Union of Burma. We were proud to found an American Center in Rangoon and to build exchanges with schools like this one. And through decades of differences, Americans have been united in their affection for this country and its people.

      Above all, I came here because of America’s belief in human dignity. Over the last several decades, our two countries became strangers. But today, I can tell you that we always remained hopeful about the people of this country, about you. You gave us hope and we bore witness to your courage.

      We saw the activists dressed in white visit the families of political prisoners on Sundays and monks dressed in saffron protesting peacefully in the streets. We learned of ordinary people who organized relief teams to respond to a cyclone, and heard the voices of students and the beats of hip-hop artists projecting the sound of freedom. We came to know exiles and refugees who never lost touch with their families or their ancestral home. And we were inspired by the fierce dignity of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, as she proved that no human being can truly be imprisoned if hope burns in your heart.

      When I took office as President, I sent a message to those governments who ruled by fear. I said, in my inauguration address, “We will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.” And over the last year and a half, a dramatic transition has begun, as a dictatorship of five decades has loosened its grip. Under President Thein Sein, the desire for change has been met by an agenda for reform. A civilian now leads the government, and a parliament is asserting itself. The once-outlawed National League for Democracy stood in an election, and Aung San Suu Kyi is a Member of Parliament. Hundreds of prisoners of conscience have been released, and forced labor has been banned. Preliminary cease-fires have been reached with ethnic armies, and new laws allow for a more open economy.

      So today, I’ve come to keep my promise and extend the hand of friendship. America now has an Ambassador in Rangoon, sanctions have been eased, and we will help rebuild an economy that can offer opportunity for its people, and serve as an engine of growth for the world. But this remarkable journey has just begun, and has much further to go. Reforms launched from the top of society must meet the aspirations of citizens who form its foundation. The flickers of progress that we have seen must not be extinguished — they must be strengthened; they must become a shining North Star for all this nation’s people.

      And your success in that effort is important to the United States, as well as to me. Even though we come from different places, we share common dreams: to choose our leaders; to live together in peace; to get an education and make a good living; to love our families and our communities. That’s why freedom is not an abstract idea; freedom is the very thing that makes human progress possible — not just at the ballot box, but in our daily lives.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/11/19/remarks-president-obama-university-yangon

    • CR says:

      President Obama attends meetings for the East Asia Summit
      Rangoon, Burma

    • CR says:

      US President Barack Obama Meets Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh

      Published on Nov 19, 2012 by voakhmerservice

      US President Barack Obama arrives in Cambodia for the Asean-US Meeting Monday.
      The meetings come as Asean nations are displaying a rare show of unity against China’s sweeping maritime claim, calling for the first formal talks with Beijing over a sea duspute that has raised tensions and exposeed deep divisions in the region.
      President Obama meets with prime minister Hun Sen of Cambodia before the official Asean-US Meeting. Reuter, Phnom Penh.

    • CR says:

      President Obama attends the US-ASEAN leaders meeting
      Peace Palace
      Phnom Penh, Cambodia

      • CR says:

        November 19, 2012

        Fact Sheet: U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Meeting

        On November 19, 2012, President Obama met with the leaders of the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) to deepen our diplomatic, economic, security, and people-to-people ties with the key Asian multilateral organization. With a population of approximately 620 million and a combined GDP of over $2.2 trillion, ASEAN is the United States’ fourth largest export market, includes two treaty allies, one of our closest security partners, several emerging regional powers, and sits astride some of the world’s most important trading routes and sea lines of communication.

        Recognizing the importance of enhancing U.S.-ASEAN ties, the Leaders agreed to institutionalize the Leaders Meeting to an annual Summit as a further step towards raising the U.S.-ASEAN partnership to a strategic level. The Leaders welcomed the Final Report from the U.S.-ASEAN Eminent Persons Group, and incorporated the recommendations as a road map to implementing the five-year ASEAN-U.S. Plan of Action, which was adopted at the 2011 U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Meeting.

        The United States and ASEAN welcomed the launch of the U.S.-ASEAN Expanded Economic Engagement (E3) initiative – a new framework for economic cooperation designed to expand trade and investment ties between the United States and ASEAN, creating new business opportunities and jobs in all eleven countries.

        See U.S.-ASEAN Expanded Economic Engagement (E3) Initiative Fact Sheet

        Leaders welcomed additional steps to improve economic relations, including Secretary of State Clinton’s participation in the first-ever U.S.-ASEAN Business Forum in July in Siem Reap, Cambodia, which brought together government and private sector leaders to further economic engagement, integration, and opportunities.

        Leaders welcomed the two U.S. Trade and Development Agency U.S.-ASEAN Connectivity Cooperation Initiative events held this year on disaster reduction and recovery and smart grid technology, bringing together the public and private sector from throughout the ASEAN region.

        For more; http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/11/19/fact-sheet-us-asean-leaders-meeting

      • CR says:

        November 19, 2012

        Fact Sheet: The U.S.-ASEAN Expanded Economic Engagement (E3) Initiative

        Today, at the U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, President Obama and Leaders of the ten ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) states welcomed the launch of the “U.S.-ASEAN Expanded Economic Engagement” (E3) initiative – a new framework for economic cooperation designed to expand trade and investment ties between the United States and ASEAN, creating new business opportunities and jobs in all eleven countries. E3 identifies specific cooperative activities to facilitate U.S.-ASEAN trade and investment, increase efficiency and competitiveness of trade flows and supply chains throughout ASEAN, and build greater awareness of the commercial opportunities that the growing U.S.-ASEAN economic relationship presents. Furthermore, by working together on these E3 initiatives, many of which correspond to specific issues addressed in trade agreements, the United States and ASEAN will lay the groundwork for ASEAN countries to prepare to join high-standard trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that the United States is currently negotiating with ten countries in Asia and the Western Hemisphere.

        E3 will begin with a set of concrete joint activities that will expand trade and investment:

        • negotiation of a U.S.-ASEAN trade facilitation agreement, including simplified customs procedures and increased transparency of customs administration;

        • joint development of Information and Communications Technology principles, to guide policymakers on issues like cross-border information flows, localization requirements, and the role of regulatory bodies.

        • joint development of Investment Principles; principles would address essential elements of investment policies, including market access, non-discrimination, investor protections, transparency, and responsible business conduct.

        • additional work on standards development and practices; Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SMEs); and trade and the environment.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/11/19/fact-sheet-us-asean-expanded-economic-engagement-e3-initiative

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      President Obama attends the East Asian Summit Dinner
      Diamond Island Convention Center
      Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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      November 20, 2012

      Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Noda of Japan Before Bilateral Meeting

      Peace Palace

      Phnom Penh, Cambodia

      10:50 A.M. ICT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: I want to say how wonderful it is to see Prime Minister Noda again. He very graciously called me shortly after the election. And this becomes yet another opportunity for us to reaffirm the extraordinary alliance between our two countries.

      That alliance between the United States and Japan has been a cornerstone of prosperity and security in the region, and we are going to have the opportunity to further discuss steps that we’re taking to renew that vision and that alliance for the 21st century.

      In fact, in April, when Prime Minister Noda visited Washington, we released a joint vision statement that’s guiding that effort going forward to further strengthen our alliance.

      And I’m sure we’ll also have an opportunity to discuss the economic issues that the world is facing right now. As the world’s two — two of the world’s largest economies, I think it’s going to be very important for us to continue to coordinate effectively to promote jobs and growth, trade and investment throughout the Asia Pacific region which has had a huge impact in the world.

      So I want to welcome the Prime Minister and look forward to a good conversation.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/11/20/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-noda-japan-bilateral-meeting

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      November 20, 2012

      Remarks by President Obama and Premier Wen Jiabao Before Bilateral Meeting

      Peace Palace
      Phnom Penh, Cambodia

      11:40 A.M. ICT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it’s good to see Premier Wen again. We last met at the East Asia Summit in Bali a year ago.

      It’s very important that we use multilateral meetings like the EAS to discuss shared regional and global challenges, and I’m committed to working with China and I’m committed to working with Asia. It’s important that our two countries cooperate to build a more secure and prosperous future for the Asia Pacific region and for the world.

      Premier Wen and I have also worked very closely together on our bilateral and global economic problems. And as the two largest economies in the world, we have a special responsibility to lead the way in ensuring sustained and balanced growth, not only here in Asia but globally.

      I very much believe that the cooperative and constructive approach that we’ve taken to our bilateral relations is good for both our countries and the world. And it is very important that as two of the largest economies in the world, that we work to establish clear rules of the road internationally for trade and investment, which can increase prosperity and global growth.

      So I very much appreciate Premier Wen’s engagement with the United States on these issues. I’m sure this will be another honest and constructive conversation and will help to continue the process of strengthening the relationship between China and the United States.

      PREMIER WEN: (As interpreted.) Mr. President, it is a great pleasure to see you again. This is our fifth meeting.

      Let me use this opportunity to first, once again, extend my congratulations to you, Mr. President, on your reelection, and I also wish to convey the best regards from President Hu Jintao and the newly-elected General Secretary Xi Jinping to you.

      Mr. President, you have set out your vision on many occasions that you want to lead the United States to address various challenges more effectively, in particular to revitalize the economy, to create more jobs, and to enhance international security and cooperation. I wish you all the best.

      You and I share the view, Mr. President, that the China-U.S. relationship is one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world. The long-term sound and steady growth of China-U.S. relations serves the fundamental interests of both countries. It is also important for peace, stability, and prosperity in the Asia Pacific and the world.

      I hope our meeting today will send out such a positive message to the world — a positive message that both countries will remain committed to pursuing a cooperative partnership between the two sides based on mutual respect and mutual benefit. Our two sides will continue to work together to strengthen and enhance our dialogue mechanisms, including the strategic and economic dialogues, the strategic security dialogue, and the high-level consultation on people-to-people exchange.

      We will enhance our business cooperation and engage in large-scale cooperation in economy and finance to use it as a means to tackle the difficulties we have and resolve the differences and disagreements between us. Our two countries will enhance exchange and consultation on regional and international affairs, in particular to enhance our cooperation in the Asia Pacific region.

      Well, I believe we have a common will on all those important issues. I look forward to an honest discussion with you today, Mr. President.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/11/20/remarks-president-obama-and-premier-wen-jiabao-bilateral-meeting

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    5:25 AM ET
    Defense Department: Secretary of Navy, Ray Nabus Announcement
    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that the name of the Navy’s newest Virginia-class attack nuclear submarine will be named the USS Delaware.

    http://www.c-span.org/Events/Newest-Submarine-to-be-Named-USS-Delaware/10737435941/

    • CR says:

      Jill Biden sponsors nuclear submarine

      11/19/12 2:54 PM EST By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

      Second lady Jill Biden just got her own submarine. Well, at least she’s sponsoring one.

      She joined Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Monday to announce that the nation’s newest nuclear submarine will be called the U.S.S. Delaware and will be sponsored by Biden, who started Joining Forces with first lady Michelle Obama in 2011 to help support members of the military and their families.

      “As a proud military mom, and a proud Delawarean, I am honored to sponsor the USS Delaware,” Biden said in a statement. “Our men and women in uniform and their families represent the very best of America, and wherever the Delaware goes, it will take with it the strength, resilience, and bravery of military families in Delaware and across the country.”

      Sponsorship is an honorary title. Tradition holds that a sponsor’s spirit and presence guide the ship and her crew throughout its life.

      The Delaware, which will be built in Virginia by Huntington Ingalls Industries and General Dynamics, will provide “enhanced stealth, sophisticated surveillance capabilities and special warfare enhancements that will enable it to meet the Navy’s multi-mission requirements,” the Defense Department says. It will have Tomahawk missiles, and its missions will include anti-submarine, anti-ship and anti-mine warfare.

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    GDP Accelerating to 2.9% Helping U.S. Overcome Sandy Woes

    Nov 18, 2012 7:16 PM PT By Shobhana Chandra and Steve Matthews – bloombergGross domestic product probably increased at about a 2.9 percent annual rate in July-September, according to economists from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Barclays Plc. That would be the fastest quarterly growth this year, beating the Commerce Department’s initial estimate of 2 percent.

    “The economy’s momentum has picked up a bit” as the fundamentals of the private sector “are improving,” said Jan Hatzius, chief economist at Goldman Sachs in New York. He projects third-quarter expansion will be revised up to 2.8 percent, and the fourth quarter may come in at 1.7 percent.

    Help is coming from a housing recovery, strengthening job market and healthier household finances that are driving gains in consumer confidence and spending. While the damage from Sandy and an anticipated tightening of fiscal policy mean growth will decelerate this quarter and next, the world’s largest economy may emerge on stronger footing in the second half of 2013.

    The Bloomberg Economic Surprise Index, which compares 38 U.S. indicators with analysts’ forecasts, exceeded zero in mid- October for the first time since May and was 0.04 on Nov. 16, up from this year’s low of minus 0.4 on July 30. The projected upward revision to third-quarter GDP, due from the Commerce Department Nov. 29, will come largely from a narrower trade deficit and a bigger jump in stockpiles than initially estimated, economists said.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-19/gdp-accelerating-to-2-9-helping-u-s-overcome-sandy-budg.html

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    U.S. Existing Home Sales Rose in October to 4.79 Million Rate

    Nov 19, 2012 7:00 AM PT By Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Sales of previously owned U.S. homes climbed in October, indicating gains in the real estate market are being sustained by cheap borrowing costs.

    Purchases of existing houses, tabulated when a contract closes, increased 2.1 percent to a 4.79 million annual rate, exceeding the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg, figures from the National Association of Realtors showed today in Washington. The median price rose from a year ago as inventories dropped to the lowest level in almost a decade.

    Propelled by the lowest mortgage rates on record, cheaper properties and improved consumer sentiment, housing is one of the economy’s lone sources of strength. The pace of October sales underscores what Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke called “signs of improvement” in a market still hampered by strict bank lending standards.

    “There’s clear signs that people are moving back into the housing market,” Mike Englund, chief economist of Action Economics LLC in Boulder, Colorado, said before the report. “Every measure of that market shows we have very tight inventories and we have continued demand. That presumably should be creating some updraft for the existing-home market.”

    The median forecast of 77 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for home sales at a 4.74 million rate. Estimates ranged from 4.5 million to 5.05 million. The prior month’s pace was revised to 4.69 million from a previously reported 4.75 million.

    The median price of an existing home climbed 11.1 percent from October 2011 to $178,600, today’s report showed. The increase in October reflected a pickup in sales of more expensive properties.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-19/u-s-existing-home-sales-rose-in-october-to-4-79-million-rate.html

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    Homebuilder Confidence Rises to Six-Year High as U.S. Sales Jump

    By Shobhana Chandra – Nov 19, 2012 7:00 AM PT

    Confidence among U.S. homebuilders unexpectedly climbed in November to a six-year high, propelled by the biggest jump in sales in a decade, adding to signs the real-estate market is improving.

    The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo index of builder confidence increased to 46, the highest level since May 2006, from 41 in October, figures from the Washington-based group showed today. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of 49 economists called for no change. Readings below 50 mean more respondents said conditions were poor.

    Companies like Toll Brothers Inc. (TOL) are benefiting as more affordable properties and record-low mortgage rates bring buyers into the market. Faster hiring, fewer foreclosures and easier credit would ensure a sustained rebound in the industry that was at the center of the 2008 financial crisis.

    “Builders are reporting increasing demand for new homes as inventories of foreclosed and distressed properties begin to shrink in markets across the country,” Barry Rutenberg, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders and a builder from Gainesville, Florida, said in a statement. “In view of the tightening supply and other improving conditions, many potential buyers who were on the fence are now motivated to move forward with a purchase in order to take advantage of today’s favorable prices and interest rates.”

    Estimates in the Bloomberg survey ranged from 37 to 44. The index, which was first published in January 1985, averaged 54 in the five years leading to the recession that began in December 2007. It reached a record low of 8 in January 2009.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-19/homebuilder-confidence-rises-to-six-year-high-as-u-s-sales-jump.html

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    Treasuries’ Foreign Buying Doubles China’s Sales

    Nov 19, 2012 8:10 AM PT By Daniel Kruger – bloomberg

    Even with all the concern about the so-called fiscal cliff, another confrontation over government borrowing limits and Chinese ownership of U.S. debt, foreign investors can’t get enough Treasuries.

    Brazil, Belgium, Luxembourg, Russia, Switzerland, Taiwan and Hong Kong boosted their holdings of U.S. government securities by a collective $264.8 billion since the last debt ceiling debate ended in August 2011, Treasury data released Nov. 16 show. The purchases more than made up for the $123 billion decline in Treasuries owned by China, America’s biggest overseas creditor, to $1.156 trillion.

    The rise in international ownership shows growing confidence in the U.S. while China’s reduced stake undermines Republican assertions that the nation has gained too much influence. President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders agreed Nov. 16 to begin talks on a long-term fiscal plan to avert more than $600 billion in mandated spending cuts and tax increases scheduled to big Jan. 1 that threaten the recovery.

    “Despite our fiscal situation, despite all these issues, there hasn’t been much of a buyers’ strike from the Treasury’s perspective,” Aaron Kohli, an interest-rate strategist at BNP Paribas in New York, one of 21 primary dealers that trade with the Federal Reserve, said in a Nov. 13 telephone interview. “One has been replaced by the other and that really does demonstrate the depth of demand.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-19/treasuries-foreign-buying-doubles-china-s-sales.html

  23. CR says:

    Next Up…

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    2:30 PM EST
    2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
    The White House

    • CR says:

      November 19, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

      East Room

      2:40 P.M. EST

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you. (Applause.) Thanks so much. Well, good afternoon.

      AUDIENCE: Good afternoon.

      MRS. OBAMA: And welcome to the White House. It’s good to have you here. I am thrilled that all of you are here joining us today.

      I want to start by thanking the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, and all their work for sponsoring these awards each year. They’ve just done an amazing job. And I’d like to ask all of the members of the committee to please stand so that we can recognize you for all of your hard work. (Applause.) It’s a pretty impressive group.

      I also want to specifically acknowledge — I’m off my game. (Laughter.) I haven’t been — I’ve been speaking a lot, and then sort of took a little time off — but our committee co-chairs George Stevens and Margo Lion for all of their hard work. Thank you both. (Applause.) And we also have Jim Leach, Rocco Landesman, Susan Hildreth, Mary Schmidt Campbell; we have Minister Deng who is here, and our youth program speaker, Starr Arroyo who’s going to — you’ll hear from Starr. (Applause.)

      And I also want to thank Congressman Platts for joining us today. Where’s the Congressman? There you are. I walked right past you. Thank you so much for being here today. (Applause.)

      And finally, I want to thank all of the educators, the artists, leaders, all of you who are working every day in communities all across this country to run the programs that we are going to recognize here today.

      And every day, you all are doing the hard work. You are pushing and inspiring our kids. You’re revealing their boundless promise, and teaching them to believe in themselves. Because of the programs that you all run, young people are learning breakdancing, hip hop, African drumming — a lot of stuff going on, right? — a little traditional music. They’re putting on plays, publishing poems and articles, and working on museum exhibits. They’re becoming historians, designers and champion debaters. Yes. (Laughter.)

      And the young people from the Mariachi Master Apprentice Program who will perform for us a little later on, they have even recorded their own CD. That’s pretty good. (Applause.) So we are looking forward to that. I got to hear a little bit of their practice yesterday. They’re pretty good, pretty good. (Laughter.) Very proud to have you guys here.

      And I know that many of you who are here today, you make all this happen on shoestring budgets; you do it in unbelievable ways, in some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable. And I know that you put a lot of late nights and long hours in to give these kids opportunities worthy of their promise.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/11/19/remarks-first-lady-national-arts-and-humanities-youth-program-awards

  24. CR says:

    Obama visit seen as boost to Myanmar democracy

    Published on Nov 17, 2012 by politics2012world

    Obama-mania is in the air in Myanmar as the country eagerly awaits his historic visit on Monday – the first by a sitting U.S. president in the once-reclusive country.

  25. CR says:

    W.H. recognizes Gagliardi, winningest coach in college football history

    11/19/12 2:18 PM EST By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

    White House press secretary Jay Carney issued a special recognition of football coach John Gagliardi, who announced his retirement from St. John’s University in Minnesota on Monday:

    On behalf of the President, I want to congratulate John Gagliardi on his retirement as the winningest coach in college football history.

    Over the course of 64 seasons – 60 of them at his beloved Saint John’s – Gagliardi’s 486 wins put him among the greatest to ever coach the game. With a career that began as a 16-year-old after his high school coach was called to serve in World War II, Gagliardi was never the most conventional figure. He instructed his players to call him “John” instead of “Coach,” and in turn, called each of his more than 100 players by their first names.

    His refusal to allow tackling in practice and his insistence that players make class before practice also became the stuff of legend. But the unusual methods worked – earning St. John’s four national championships. And even as his time on the gridiron comes to a close, Gagliardi’s genuine concern for players as scholar athletes and human beings will ensure that his influence will be felt for years to come.

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    Biden celebrates early Thanksgiving with wounded troops

    11/19/12 7:04 PM EST By BYRON TAU – POLITICO44

    Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, celebrated an early Thanksgiving with a group of wounded soldiers and their families at the vice presidential residence in Washington D.C.

    “We’re just so incredibly proud of you,” Biden said. “We can never – and I mean this sincerely – never, ever repay you and your families for the sacrifices you’ve made.”

    All of the military personnel — ten in total — are currently undergoing treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center — and all are unable to leave the Washington D.C. area for Thanksgiving.

    Biden said that all of them would benefit from the remarkable medical technologies in the pipeline

    “The most encouraging thing you’re going to see in your lifetime, in the near term, is some incredible, incredible, incredible medical breakthroughs” in everything from prosthetics and treatment for severe brain injuries to help for post-traumatic stress, Biden said according to a pool report.

    Dr. Jill Biden recalled the family’s own experiences during their son Beau Biden’s deployment to Iraq.

    “Our son Beau was deployed four years ago, so I know what it’s like to have a loved one who’s not at the table,” she said.

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    White House tree begins its journey
    11/19/12 7 hrs ago by James Howell – Heartland Publications Staff Writer

    The White House Christmas tree finally started its long journey from Peak Farms to the White House’s Blue Room, stopping along the way to be celebrated by the community.

    “This is a very exciting time for the Estes family and Ashe County,” said Jennifer Greene, the executive director of the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association.

    The journey began at Peak Farms at 10 a.m., when the White House Christmas tree was cut down, baled and loaded into the semi-truck that would deliver the tree to the White House.

    N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler attended the tree cutting at Peak Farms.

    “I would like to thank Rusty and Beau for bringing the bacon back to North Carolina,” said Troxler. “North Carolina hadn’t sent a tree to the White House since 2008, and it was nice to end the drought.”

    Troxler also said “I don’t think Christmas trees from any other state can match the quality of the Christmas trees grown in North Carolina.”

    For more: http://www.jeffersonpost.com/view/full_story/20878004/article-White-House-tree-begins-its-journey

  28. CR says:

    asean-2012-cambodia

    November 20

    President Obama attends an East Asian Summit Plenary Session
    Cambodia, Peace Palace, Phnom Penh

    President Obama attends an East Asian Summit Retreat Session
    Cambodia, Peace Palace, Phnom Penh

    President Obama meets and greets with United States Embassy personnel
    Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Raffles Hotel

    President Obama departs Phnom Penh, Cambodia for the White House

    • CR says:

      November 20, 2012

      Joint Statement of the 4th ASEAN-U.S. Leaders’ Meeting

      Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 19 November 2012

      1. We, the Heads of State/Government of Brunei Darussalam, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Republic of Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of Singapore, the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the United States (U.S.), held our Fourth ASEAN-U.S. Leaders’ Meeting on 19 November 2012 in Phnom Penh. The Meeting was co-chaired by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia in his capacity as Chairman of ASEAN, and the Honourable Barack Obama, President of the United States of America. The ASEAN Secretary General was also in attendance.

      2. We expressed our deep sympathy and deepest condolences to the people and the Royal Government of Cambodia and especially to His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia and Her Majesty Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, for the passing away of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk, the late King-Father of Cambodia, on 15th October 2012. We shared our sadness for this great loss with the people of Cambodia during this period of mourning. Cambodia expressed gratitude to the respective ASEAN and United States Leaders for their shared condolences to His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, Her Majesty Queen Mother, the Royal Government and the people of Cambodia.

      3. We commemorated the 35th Anniversary of ASEAN-U.S. Relations, noting with satisfaction the strengthening and deepening of ASEAN-U.S. cooperation, which has contributed to peace, stability, prosperity and resiliency in Southeast Asia and the broader Asia-Pacific region. We decided to accelerate the implementation of the Plan of Action to Implement the ASEAN-U.S. Enhanced Partnership for Enduring Peace and Prosperity 2011-2015 adopted at the 3rd ASEAN-U.S. Leaders’ Meeting on 18 November 2011 in Bali.

      4. We welcomed efforts to elevate the ASEAN-U.S. partnership to a strategic level. We received with appreciation the report of the ASEAN-U.S. Eminent Persons Group (EPG) and welcomed the recommendation, inter alia, that the annual meeting between the Leaders of ASEAN and the United States is fundamentally important and should be institutionalized from an ASEAN-U.S. Leaders’ Meeting to an ASEAN-U.S. Summit. We tasked the relevant Ministers to review and consider the recommendations of the ASEAN-U.S. EPG as appropriate.

      5. ASEAN welcomed the continued participation of the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, at the East Asia Summit (EAS). We recalled the 2005 Kuala Lumpur Declaration, the 2010 Ha Noi Declaration, and 2011 Declaration of the East Asia Summit on the Principles for Mutually Beneficial Relations, which reaffirms and elaborates the broad vision, principles, objectives and modalities of the EAS. We welcomed continued efforts in the six priority areas of cooperation under the EAS framework and recognized high-level U.S. engagement in those areas including energy, education, environment and disaster management and response. We underscored the need for the EAS to address political, economic and strategic issues of common interest and concern, such as nonproliferation and disarmament, maritime security cooperation, food and energy security, and ASEAN Connectivity. We reaffirmed the importance of ASEAN as the driving force of the EAS, working in close partnership with the other participants, and underscored the importance of regular participation at the highest level from all participating countries in the EAS.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/11/20/joint-statement-4th-asean-us-leaders-meeting

      • CR says:

        US President Met With Ten Leaders of Asean (Cambodia news in Khmer)

        Published on Nov 19, 2012 by voakhmerservice

        President Barack Obama flew in from Yangon and joined an Asean summit after holding bilateral meetings with this year’s host, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

        The trip comes less than two weeks after Obama’s reelection and is aimed at showing how serious he is about shifting the US strategic focus on the region. (Reuters, Phnom Penh)

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        November 20, 2012

        Fact Sheet: East Asia Summit Outcomes

        President Obama attended the East Asia Summit (EAS) on November 20 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as part of the Administration’s continued focus on rebalancing its engagement in Asia to reflect the economic and strategic importance of this dynamic region. As an Asia-Pacific power the United States’ economic and security future is inextricably linked to the region, and President Obama used the summit to explore with other Asia-Pacific leaders ways to enhance cooperation on the region’s most pressing challenges, including energy, maritime security, non-proliferation, and humanitarian assistance and disaster response. The President made clear that full and active U.S. engagement in the region’s multilateral architecture helps to reinforce the system of rules, norms, and responsibilities, including respect for universal human rights and fundamental freedoms, that are essential to regional peace, stability, and prosperity.

        The EAS is the region’s premier forum for Asia-Pacific leaders to discuss pressing political and strategic issues. The EAS was launched in 2005 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, bringing together leaders of the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and six other Asia-Pacific region countries. With the participation of the United States and Russia for the first time in 2011, the EAS now includes all the major regional powers, including U.S. treaty allies Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia, Thailand, and the Philippines, as well as India and China.

        * Energy Cooperation

        * Maritime Security

        * Non-Proliferation

        * Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

        * Health

        For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/11/20/fact-sheet-east-asia-summit-outcomes

      • CR says:

        November 20, 2012

        FACT SHEET On The U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Partnership For A Sustainable Energy

        Recognizing that energy and the environment are among the most pressing issues confronting our region, President Obama, in partnership with Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei and President of the Republic of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, today proposed the U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Partnership for a Sustainable Energy Future. The Partnership will offer a framework for consolidating and expanding energy and environmental cooperation across existing regional forums to advance efforts to ensure affordable, secure, and cleaner energy supplies for the region. Bilateral and multilateral energy and environmental initiatives are flourishing in the Asia Pacific, and the United States, in partnership with Brunei and Indonesia, will help coordinate and enhance these efforts, share best practices, and leverage existing initiatives across the various forums that undertake this work.

        The Partnership will build upon the existing energy initiatives in the region, including the ASEAN-United States Energy Cooperation Work Plan, the APEC Energy Working Group, the East Asia Summit Energy Ministers and other forums to expand practical cooperation across the region, promote greater energy connectivity and integration, and encourage collaborative work across these and other forums, including through joint capacity building efforts.

        The Partnership will drive investment and facilitate progress on four key regional priorities: renewables and cleaner energy; markets and interconnectivity; the emerging role of natural gas; and sustainable development. We will engage with the private sector as well as partner countries in the region to determine specific projects within these four priority areas. We will work closely with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank to enhance their work in the region on these issues. With an estimated $9 trillion needed in investment in electricity alone through 2035 to meet growing demand in the region, there is enormous potential for U.S. industry to play an important role in the region’s energy future.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/11/20/fact-sheet-us-asia-pacific-comprehensive-partnership-sustainable-energy

    • CR says:

      President Obama attends East Asian Summit Plenary Session II
      Cambodia, Peace Palace, Phnom Penh

    • CR says:

      President Obama meets and greets with United States Embassy personnel
      Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Raffles Hotel

  29. CR says:

    McCain no substitute for basic competence on foreign policy – The Rachel Maddow Show (Nov. 19, 2012)

    Published on Nov 19, 2012 by Panzerfaust04

    Rachel Maddow reviews John McCain’s record of bad advice and wrong facts on foreign policy and recommends the Republican Party, desperate for a foreign policy identity, look to someone else for leadership. From the November 19th, 2012 edition of The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.

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