1. Apologies

    Kerry Excuses Obama’s Canceled Trip

    US Secretary of State John Kerry briefs journalists during a press conference in Nusa Dua in the Indonesian resort island of Bali, on October 5, 2013, two days before the opening of Asia Pacific Economy Cooperation (APEC). The United States' commitment to Asia is as strong as ever, Kerry said after President Barack Obama cancelled his trip to the region due to the crisis in Washington. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO        (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Well, this is awkward. President Obama was forced to cancel a diplomatic trip to Asia in order to deal with the shutdown battle at home, leaving Secretary of State Kerry to deal with the fallout. Secretary Kerry assured reporters outside the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation on Saturday that the canceled trip is not a sign of reduced interest in the region by the United States, but merely a “moment of political silliness.” Still, commentators in the region are worried that the decision is the first step in a journey away from a commitment to the region that would counterbalance China’s rising power.

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