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Obama Readies for First Asia Tour

12 November 2009

 U.S. President Barack Obama leaves Thursday for his first trip to Asia, with the economy and a widening trade deficit with China high on his agenda.

The White House says the president will make a statement on job creation and economic growth before boarding Air Force One.

Mr. Obama's nine-day tour begins in Tokyo, Japan and includes a stop in Singapore for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. That stop will be followed by visits to Shanghai, Beijing and Seoul.

Mr. Obama has said when he visits China, he will speak with the Chinese about revaluing their currency, as well as encouraging Chinese consumers to spend more. He will also speak with China about opening up its markets further to U.S. goods.

President Obama has said climate change and human rights will also be on the agenda when during his trip to China.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.

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