Obama stresses 'critical' importance of Asia-Pacific region for US' future
US President Barack Obama has stressed that the Asia-Pacific region is of 'critical' importance for the future of America.
Speaking at a news conference with the Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Obama stressed the important role the region will play in shaping US interests over the coming century.
"Asia is my first foreign trip since our election in the United States, and Thailand is my first stop," Sky News quoted Obama, as saying.
"This is no accident. As I've said many times, the United States is and always will be a Pacific nation," he said.
Obama pointed out that 'as the fastest growing region in the world, the Asia-Pacific will shape so much of our security and prosperity in the century ahead, and it is critical to creating jobs and opportunity for the American people.'
"That's why I've made restoring American engagement in this region a top priority as president," he added.
According to the report, Obama calls himself the "Pacific President" and has pledged to focus significant attention on the Asia-Pacific region.