President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping of China hold a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Nov. 12, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) President Xi Jinping of China presents President Barack Obama with a painting during a gift exchange between the two leaders at Zhong Nan Hai, Beijing, China, Nov. 11, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) President Obama is traveling to China, Burma, and Australia this week , underscoring his commitment to our Asia rebalancing strategy, and his firm belief that our country's trade and investment ties to Asia play a critical role in our future economic growth and generating American jobs. The President started off his trip in Beijing, attending events for this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting. APEC — a forum consisting of 21 member economies that works to promote trade, investment, and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. In his remarks at the first APEC plenary session , President Obama called APEC “an extraordinarily important forum for generating ideas that boost regional and then global integration,” and said that the forum “has helped to provide jobs and support growth in all of our economies.” read more

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President Obama Wraps Up Visit to China, Heads to Burma for Second Leg of His Trip