President Obama Visits Asia
Smarting from a big mid-term election loss at home, US President Barack Obama has shifted focus from domestic politics to diplomacy. He's on the final leg of an Asian tour designed to secure contracts for recession-hit American companies plus build stronger ties with old allies and new friends. He has generated positive headlines in India and visited Indonesia -- the world's most populous Islamic nation where he spent part of his childhood. He was in Seoul for a G-20 Summit, but failed to finalize an anticipated trade deal with South Korea. Meanwhile, he and other leaders seemed to come up with few specifics after deliberating on how to manage the after-effects of the global financial crisis. His last stop is Japan, for a meeting of leaders of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation grouping. Click below for Asia Society's analysis and commentary plus more.