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President Obama continues pivot toward the Pacific

By Robert G Cope     Mar 12, 2013 in World
Brunei's Sultan, Hassanai Bolkiah, is shown on Tuesday meeting with Barack Obama at the White House. The President demonstrates his second-term pivot towards the Pacific is real. In October he will attend the ASEAN conference.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) conference will be held in tiny (but wealthy) Brunei. On the table, according to the State Department, are discussions of energy, climate change, commerce, education, and so forth, but the main undercurrents will, no doubt, concern maritime issues, particularly island ownership disputes among the smaller nations and China.
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As seen on this map of Malaysia  Brunei is a small Sultan state on the Island of Borneo
As seen on this map of Malaysia, Brunei is a small Sultan state on the Island of Borneo
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Brunei is not alone having a military relationship with the United States. More notable are those with Japan, Twain, and the Philippines. The current deployment of new navel assets to the region is a further sign of the region's importance on the world stage.
In Tuesday's Department of State briefing, Obama is quoted as saying, “[Military relationships] have the capacity to help people in times of need and to try to help avoid conflict, rather than start conflict.”
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