Apec 2013: Kerry to play lead US role at Asia summits
BALI, Indonesia (AP) - Nearly a decade after his unsuccessful 2004 bid for the White House, John Kerry is getting the chance to be presidential as he fills in for United States President Barack Obama at heads of state summits in Asia.
The secretary of state learned on Friday while flying from Japan to Indonesia that he would lead heavyweight U.S. delegations to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in Bali and the East Asia Summit in Brunei that begin this weekend.
Mr Kerry had been in Tokyo for security talks and was already planning to attend both meetings but only in a supporting role.
He found out earlier in the week that he would be visiting Malaysia and the Philippines instead of Mr Obama next week as the White House pared down and then ultimately cancelled the president's planned four-nation Asian tour to deal with the government shutdown in Washington.