President Obama's Asia Trip and U.S. Policy in the Region

President Barack Obama meets with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, Nov. 24, 2009 - Official White House Photo by Pete Souza via the White House Flickr Stream

President Barack Obama meets with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, Nov. 24, 2009

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza via the White House Flickr Stream

President Obama's Asia Trip and U.S. Policy in the Region

President Obama embarks on the longest foreign trip of his presidency - to visit India, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea. We'll look at U.S. trade and diplomatic goals in the region amid widespread concern over China's growing power.

The economy was the big issue on the minds of many voters in the midterm elections two days ago. The economy will be a front-burner issue as well on President Obama's visit to Asia's major democracies--his longest foreign trip since taking office. On stops in India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan, the president is expected to press for better access to markets for U.S. exports. He'll also be working to build stronger alliances in Asia, particularly in the face of China's growing influence in the region. We'll look at what the administration hopes to accomplish in Asia and what's at stake for the U.S.

Guests

Robert Kaplan

national correspondent, "The Atlantic"; senior fellow, Center for a New American Security; author, "Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power."

Amb. Wendy Sherman

vice chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group. She is former special adviser to President Clinton and Secretary of State Albright, and was counselor for the State Department and North Korea policy coordinator in the Clinton administration.

Victor Cha

the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; professor of government at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service; former director of Asian Affairs at the White House National Security Council during the Bush administration.

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