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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 6:28 pm

Obama to host Singapore leader at White House

The Associated Press

The White House says President Barack Obama will meet next month with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (lee haz-ee-en lahng).

The two leaders will meet at the White House on April 2 to discuss economic and political issues affecting the Asia-Pacific region and ways the two countries can collaborate. They'll also discuss efforts to move forward with the Obama administration's goal of completing the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Obama has made Asia a central focus of his foreign policy, reasserting the U.S. role in the region as a counterweight to the rising influence of China. Obama has visited Asia four times since taking office. He traveled to Singapore on his first Asia trip in 2009.