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Nov 12, 2009 8:58 AM by Associated Press

Obama embarks on his first presidential trip to the Far East

President Barack Obama launches his first presidential trip to the Far East today.

After a quick stop in Alaska, he travels to Japan. There, he'll dine with the emperor and hold talks with Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.

Other stops include Singapore, where the president will attend the annual Pacific Rim summit.

That's followed by three days in China. He'll tour Shanghai and Beijing and discuss trade, climate change and security.

The week-long journey ends in South Korea and will include a visit with U.S. troops in the shadow of North Korea's nuclear program.

The trip can also be considered something of a homecoming. Obama grew up in Indonesia, and calls the Pacific Rim his childhood home.

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