"Two upcoming multilateral forums, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting Nov. 12-13 in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the East Asia Summit (EAS) on Nov. 18-19 in Bali, Indonesia, will be key indicators of the progress of the U.S. re-engagement strategy in Asia. The strategy, originally announced in 2009, has consisted mostly of rhetoric from the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama. However, with two wars winding down in the Middle East and South Asia, Washington has begun to turn its attention elsewhere, specifically to a surging China. While it has much to do to shape strategic and economic institutions such as the EAS and APEC in its favor, Obama’s upcoming tour could accelerate the shift in the Asia-Pacific power balance."
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