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The United States will maintain its military presence in Asia Pacific

CANBERRA (Reuters) – On Thursday U.S. President Barack Obama said that the Pentagon budget cuts do not call into question the U.S. military presence in the Asia-Pacific.

“As we conclude today’s wars, I ordered my national security team to make our presence and our missions in Asia-Pacific a priority,” said the head of the White House during ‘ a speech to the Australian Parliament.

“As a result, reductions in U.S. defense spending will not happen I repeat, will not come at the expense of Asia-Pacific region,” he added.

“The United States is a Pacific power and we are here to stay.”

This speech devoted to the American vision of the future of the region came a day after the announcement by Barack Obama’s strengthening of the U.S. military presence in Australia.

This announcement was greeted with suspicion by China, which fears that the United States and its allies to encircle and reduce its influence in the region.

“We will work towards greater cooperation with Beijing, including through better communication between our armies to promote understanding and avoid miscalculations,” Obama said in his speech Thursday.

The U.S. president also discussed the political situation in Burma, especially considering that the government should continue its efforts to protect and respect for human rights.

The new civilian government of Burma, who took office in late March, released in October more than 200 political prisoners under an amnesty hailed by Westerners as a sign of a favorable outcome.

“Political prisoners were released. The government has begun a dialogue. However, violations of human rights persist,” said Obama.

“We will continue to discuss clearly the measures to be implemented by the Burmese government to improve its relations with the United States.”

On Saturday Barack Obama needs to reach Bali, Indonesia, which is the summit of East Asia (EAS).

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