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Obama to host Singapore leader at White House

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March 27, 2013 06:28 PM EST | AP


WASHINGTON — The White House says President Barack Obama will meet next month with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (lee haz-ee-en lahng).

The two leaders will meet at the White House on April 2 to discuss economic and political issues affecting the Asia-Pacific region and ways the two countries can collaborate. They'll also discuss efforts to move forward with the Obama administration's goal of completing the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Obama has made Asia a central focus of his foreign policy, reasserting the U.S. role in the region as a counterweight to the rising influence of China. Obama has visited Asia four times since taking office. He traveled to Singapore on his first Asia trip in 2009.