NUSA DUA, Indonesia — After U.S. President Barack Obama was forced to stay home and address the government deadlock, Secretary of State John Kerry reassured APEC leaders gathered in Bali, Indonesia, that American commitment to the region is unwavering according to report.
The APEC summit was blackened by U.S. President Obama’s absence because of the partial government shutdown in Washington. Secretary of State John Kerry led the U.S. delegation at APEC and will head the American delegation at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Brunei.
Obama’s ‘no show’ at the summit of economic leaders, part of his canceled Asian tour, however, has prompted criticism that America’s much-touted “Asia pivot” also is transient according to report.
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said “I think there is so much focus right now and momentum behind this,” he said. “That is a very positive dynamic for trying to resolve the remaining issues.”
China will host the APEC informal economic leaders’ summit in Beijing next year.