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Keith B. Richburg: Asia provides refuge from 'Obama derangement syndrome' -- but then what?

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President Barack Obama faces reporters in the East Room of the White House on Nov. 5.   © Reuters

U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Asia in the coming days a damaged leader, weakened at home after midterm elections saw his Democratic Party rejected across the board and, most crucially, his Republican opponents take control of the U.S. Senate for the first time since 2007.

     For Asian leaders, the question they will be pondering during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing on Nov. 10-12, the subsequent East Asian Summit in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, and the G-20 gathering in Brisbane, Australia, on Nov. 15-16, is: just how damaged is Obama and just how weak?

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