President Will Travel Next Month to Japan, China, South Korea, Singapore
Updated 5:02 p.m.
By Scott Wilson
President Obama will travel to four Asian countries next month, but will skip over his childhood stomping grounds of Indonesia.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs announced Wednesday that Obama would begin his week-long trip Nov. 12 in Tokyo. He then travels to Singapore for the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference.
He will conclude the trip with stops in China, where he will visit Beijing and Shanghai, and in South Korea, where he will go to Seoul and visit with U.S. troops stationed in the country.
But no Indonesia, where Obama spent some time as a child and writes about fondly in his memoir, "Dreams from My Father." At least, not until next year.
Gibbs said Obama met with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh last month, where he broke the somewhat disappointing news.
"They agreed on the importance of having a visit that would showcase the importance of a growing U.S.-Indonesian bilateral relations," Gibbs said. "After reviewing the possibilities, they agreed the best time for such a visit would be sometime next year, at a date to be mutually determined by each side."
Already, the president has visited 16 country -- the most in the first year of office by any president, according to a report by McClatchy News.
Posted at 4:12 PM ET on Oct 7, 2009
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