FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama shakes hands with Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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U.S. President Barack Obama will press leaders from Southeast Asia to boost trade and back common goals for the South China Sea during a summit starting Monday that the White House hopes will solidify U.S. influence in the region.Obama will also discuss curbing North Korea and plans to fight the ISIS group during the two-day meeting with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at Sunnylands, a California resort. It also helps cement a legacy issue for Obama, who has championed a U.S. pivot to Asia during his presidency and is determined to present the United States as a Pacific power.Pressure from Obama, and a message that the United States will continue to engage with the group, may counteract that.
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