Obama to host Singapore leader at White House

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 March, 2013, 9:12am
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 March, 2013, 9:19am

The White House says President Barack Obama will meet next month with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The two leaders will meet at the White House on April 2 to discuss economic and political issues affecting the Asia-Pacific region and ways the two countries can collabourate. They’ll also discuss efforts to move forward with the Obama administration’s goal of completing the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Obama has made Asia a central focus of his foreign policy, reasserting the US role in the region as a counterweight to the rising influence of China. Obama has visited Asia four times since taking office. He traveled to Singapore on his first Asia trip in 2009.