(MENAFN- Qatar News Agency) shington April 23 - US President Barack Obama has left for a tour of Asia aimed at reassuring allies of his commitment to the region. The US leader will visit Japan South Korea Malaysia and the Philippines. The White House says the trip will focus on closer economic ties but regional security including China's increasingly powerful presence is likely to dominate talks. Asian allies are concerned over the US ability to focus on the region amid competing priorities say analysts. The trip was an opportunity to reinforce the importance the US placed on Asia and to re-establish ties at the leadership level former US Assistant Secretary of State PJ Crowley told the BBC. Obama's visit comes amid a "period of very significant tension among American allies and between American allies and China" he added.
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