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A look back at the Obama administration's pivot to Asia

KENTARO IWAMOTO, Nikkei staff writer | North America

TOKYO -- U.S. President Barack Obama placed great importance on tightening relationships with Asian countries during his eight years in office. He visited 13 East, Southeast and South Asian countries to meet with his counterparts as well as attend the summits and meetings of multinational cooperative frameworks such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. Here are some of the major events during the Obama administration that took place in Asia. 

2009

Nov.

Announces U.S. participation in Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

Attends APEC leaders' meeting in Singapore

2010

Nov.

Attends G-20 summit in Seoul

2011

Nov.

Attends ASEAN and East Asia summit in Bali

2012

May

Announces that U.S. will ease bans on export of financial services to and new investment in Myanmar

Nov.

Becomes first U.S. president to visit Myanmar

2013

June

Has first summit with China's Xi Jinping in California 

2014

Sept.

Has first summit with India's Narendra Modi at White House

2015

Nov.

Attends APEC summit in Manila, calls on China to halt construction of artificial islands in South China Sea

2016

May

Announces U.S. completely lifts ban on sale of weapons to Vietnam for first time since Vietnam War during Hanoi visit

Visits Hiroshima, site of world's first atomic bombing

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Myanmar

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Vietnam

Hiroshima

'We must change our mindset about war itself,' Obama argued. (Pool photo)

G20 summit China

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama (second from right) sit down to sip cups of Longjing tea at the edge of West Lake in Hangzhou, China, on Sept. 3 (CCTV image).

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