Concurrent to President Obama's recent trip, nine members of the US House of Representatives also traveled to Japan, South Korea, and China. The eight Republicans on the trip jointly authored a CNN Op-Ed calling for strong engagement with Asia.
President Barack Obama’s visit to the Philippines, the last leg of his recent four-nation Asian tour, produced a new bilateral defense agreement that was touted by some observers as the single most significant outcome of his regional foray.
President Obama’s final stop on his four-nation Asia trip was the Philippines. The purpose of the visit was to “reaffirm the United States’ commitment to the alliance, though economic issues, trade relations, and other subjects were also highlighted.
Julio S. Amador III and Karla Mae Pabeliña on Apr 29,2014
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In this essay, the authors explain the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement or EDCA, its political, economic, and security implications to the Philippines and the rest of the region, as well as identify the challenges that it will face.