President Obama has decided he is too busy destroying the United States to take time off for his planned visits to the Philippines and Malaysia. He will still leave next week to attend the APEC meeting in Bali and the ASEAN summit in Brunei.
Obama's visit to the Philippines was intended to conclude arrangements for the reopening of the U..S. base at Subic Bay and opening several new bases, including on the southern Palawan Island, which sits out in the South China Sea -- an obvious threat to China. These are all described as "not-foreign- base" bases (foreign bases are illegal under their Constitution), but simply new and expanded Philippine bases which will grant the U.S. the right to "rotate" heavy war ships, planes, and troops on a regular basis.
Also, some in the Philippines are concerned that Obama would use the trip to announce a major escalation of U.S. forces in Mindanao, where the (Saudi-linked) Islamic forces in the region have been carrying out bloody attacks on major cities over the past month.
As to Malaysia, Obama's anti-China trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, has run into a brick wall in Malaysia, where former President Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has denounced it as a colonial scam -- and even British puppet Anwar Ibrahim was forced to oppose it!
On the other hand, China and Japan's leaders are definitely not cancelling their upcoming visits in the region. President Xi Jinping will visit Malaysia for three days, where he is planning to sign a five-year economic cooperation agreement. China has now replaced the U.S. as Malaysia's largest trading partner. In Indonesia, President Xi will be hosted on a State visit, including becoming the first-ever foreign leader to address the Indonesian Parliament, before he attends the APEC meeting in Bali.
Prime Minister Abe will visit Cambodia and Laos on his way to the Summit meetings in Brunei and Bali, which will complete his pledge to visit every one of the ten ASEAN nations during his first year in office.
As discussed in a recent LPAC video, "The Kra Canal and the Development of Southeast Asia," Thailand's Kra Canal project would serve as an excellent opportunity for collaboration among these nations.
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