US President Barak Obama is pictured prior to a family photo during the G20 Leaders Summit welcoming ceremony on November 15, 2015 in Antalya. AFP PHOTO/OZAN KOSE
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U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in the Philippines Tuesday with his much-vaunted "pivot to Asia" again overshadowed by events in Europe, the Middle East and politics at home.The long-planned Asia trip had been designed to underscore America's role as a "Pacific power" and timed to coincide with high-profile regional summits, which Obama has made a point of attending.Obama has spent the last few days talking about Syria, Iraq and the Islamic State, and will likely do so again with Asian leaders.Events in Europe and the Middle East are not the only things holding Obama back as he arrives in Manila.Top Democrats, including Obama's would-be successor, Hillary Clinton, have opposed the deal, while Republicans are loathe to give Obama a major policy victory.Before leaving for Asia, Obama assembled some of the most prominent foreign policy thinkers from past Democratic and Republican administrations to sell the geo-political case for the agreement.
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