US President Barack Obama has arrived in China and will travel to Myanmar and Australia later this week, culminating in Brisbane with the G20 Leaders Summit.
Centre chief executive Bates Gill said the trip will further solidify America's strategy of "rebalancing" resources toward the Asia-Pacific. "This trip is important for the region. It will see some important progress on the global and regional economic agenda, mark a further opening of Myanmar to the outside world, and will see the US and Chinese leadership sitting down together at a time of increasing regional tensions," he said.
President Obama is currently in Beijing for the Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, where he is also meeting with China's leader Xi Jinping. On Thursday 13 November he will travel to Myanmar for the East Asia and US–ASEAN Summits.
The President will arrive in Brisbane on 15 November for the G20. While in Australia, he will also deliver a speech on US leadership in the Asia–Pacific.
The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney has a team of expert commentators available to discuss all aspects of the trip, including economic relations, international trade, and Obama’s presidency in the aftermath of a midterm defeat for his party.
Experts available for commentary are:
- Bates Gill, chief executive of the US Studies Centre.
- Gordon Flake, chief executive of the Perth US Asia Centre
- Linda Jakobson, visiting professor at the US Studies Centre
- Brendon O’Connor, associate professor at the US Studies Centre
- David Smith, lecturer in US politics and foreign policy at the US Studies Centre
- Tom Switzer, research associate at the US Studies Centre
- Russell Trood, adjunct professor in defence and security at the US Studies Centre