Obama to meet key leaders on Pacific tour

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US President Barack Obama will hold separate talks in Hawaii on Saturday with the leaders of China, Russia and Japan, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

Officials said Obama would discuss key issues with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda before hosting the summit in his native state.

Obama will also hold a set of talks with key powers in South and Southeast Asia when he moves onto the East Asia summit in Bali on Friday, November 18, said Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security advisor.

The president will sit down with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and for the first time meet Philippine President Benigno Aquino and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Obama leaves Washington Friday to host the weekend APEC summit in Hawaii, before making an overnight stop in Australia and then heading to the East Asia summit -- which he will become the first US president to attend.

© 2011 AFP

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