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25 April 2014 - Obama in Asia

Publié par Clifford Armion le 25/04/2014


Obama and Japan's Abe fail to reach trade accord

Don Lee (The Los Angeles Times)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. and Japan failed to reach agreement on free-trade talks as President Obama left Japan on Friday without the breakthrough needed to advance a key element of his broader agenda of strengthening America's hand in Asia.
Despite a last-minute push through the night, the two sides could not bridge their differences on tariffs and market access, clouding the prospects for the proposed free-trade pact among a dozen nations that includes the U.S., Japan, Canada and Mexico.
Obama had hoped to come away from his two-day summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with a bilateral deal that would propel the stalled Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations to a conclusion.
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Senkaku islands

Obama says U.S. will stand by treaty obligations to Japan

TOKYO — President Obama affirmed Thursday that U.S. treaty obligations to Japan extend to a chain of contested islands in the East China Sea, even as he emphasized that Japan and China should seek a peaceful resolution to the dispute.
Speaking at a news conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Obama said the United States does not take a position “on final sovereignty over the islands,” which are called the Senkaku by Japan and the Diaoyu by China. But he noted that a long-standing treaty dictates that the United States would defend against any attack aimed at Japan.
“We don’t take a position on final sovereignty determinations with respect to Senkakus, but historically they have been administered by Japan, and we do not believe that they should be subject to change unilaterally,” he said. “And what is a consistent part of the alliance is that the treaty covers all territories administered by Japan.”
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Korea

Fears over North Korea nuclear test as Barack Obama arrives in Seoul
Agence France Presse
Barack Obama arrived in Seoul on Friday to growing signs North Korea was preparing for another nuclear test.
The American president landed at a US Air Force base outside a South Korean capital still wracked with grief over the 300 people dead or missing more than a week after the sinking of the passenger ferry Sewol.
Obama is expected to offer personal condolences to his counterpart Park Geun-Hye over the tragedy, but the South's unpredictable northern neighbour is set to dominate the agenda.
Satellite photos taken just two days ago showed additional activity at North Korea's Punggye-ri test site that is "probably related to preparations for a detonation", the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said.
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Immigration

Obama to pitch U.S. immigration reform from South Korea
Christi Parsons (Chicago Tribune)
SEOUL -- President Obama plans to honor those who died in the Korean War with a surprising message for a foreign audience: a pitch for immigration reform back home.
At a naturalization ceremony Friday for 13 U.S. service members and seven military spouses stationed in South Korea, he will offer a tribute to the contributions that naturalized American citizens have made through military service, according to an official familiar with the event.
The ceremony offers a rare setting for a recurrent Obama message: that the U.S. will benefit if immigrants who already make the sacrifices of citizenship can enjoy the rights and privileges that go along with it.
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"25 April 2014 - Obama in Asia", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), avril 2014. Consulté le 04/06/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2014/25-april-2014-obama-in-asia