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Nick Bisley -- Obama marks end of an era for Asia

As the administration of President Barack Obama enters its final months, the U.S. rebalance to Asia has never seemed so visible.

In March Washington concluded a military bases agreement with the Philippines, giving U.S. forces greater reach into Southeast Asia. In May, Obama ended a ban on lethal weapons sales to Vietnam during a visit to the communist country. In June Secretary of Defense Ash Carter laid out the American vision for a "principled and inclusive" regional security order at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. That event was followed in short order by the start of the eighth high-level Strategic and Economic Dialogue between the U.S. and China, a signature initiative of the Obama administration.

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