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Obama heads to Asia in October

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President Obama will travel to Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines from Oct. 6 through Oct. 12, the White House said Friday.

The White House billed Obama’s trip as “part of his ongoing commitment to increase U.S. political, economic and security engagement with the Asia Pacific."

The trip resumes the administration’s “pivot” to Asia, which has been on the back-burner in recent months amid crises in the Middle East.

The president will attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders summit while in Indonesia and meet with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and other regional leaders.

Obama will then travel to meet with the Sultan of Brunei, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Philippines President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.

Throughout his presidency, Obama has vowed to devote more attention to the Asia region — and rising superpower China in particular.

In November 2011, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote in Foreign Policy magazine that the U.S. "stands at a pivot point” with Asia, pointing to the winding down of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Critics have complained, that like other presidents, Obama has taken his eye off the growing economies in the Asia-Pacific region to focus on simmering conflicts in the Middle East, including in Egypt, Libya and Syria.

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