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Obama to tour Japan, S. Korea, Malaysia, Philippines in April

Published on Feb 13, 2014 4:34 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will travel to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in April, the White House said Wednesday.

The visit is intended to quell doubts in the region about Mr Obama's strategy of rebalancing US power to Asia, following the cancellation of his last planned trip there in October for domestic political reasons.

"The president will travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in late April as part of his ongoing commitment to increase US diplomatic, economic and security engagement with countries in the Asia-Pacific region," the White House said in a statement.

The White House announced in November that Mr Obama would return to Asia to make up for his cancelled visit, which included planned stops in Manila and Kuala Lumpur.

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