After Obama, Kerry cancels Philippines trip

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John kerryUS Secretary of State John Kerry, who was supposed to make a visit to the Philippines on behalf of US President Barack Obama on October 11, said on October 10 that he has canceled the  scheduled trip due to the threat posed by tropical storm Nari, adding that his pilots have advised against the trip.

Forecasters say the storm could strike the northern Philippines as a typhoon as early as October 11, bringing strong winds and heavy rains.

Kerry had planned to meet with Philippine officials in Manila. It was to be the last stop on a Southeast Asia tour that has included Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia.

Kerry made the announcement as he wrapped up his sessions at the 23rd ASEAN summit in Brunei. He said he would try to make the trip up “in a month or so” and reaffirmed the “firm partnership” between the US and the Philippines.

During much of Kerry’s trip he has been filling in for President Barack Obama, who canceled a planned Asia tour because of the government shutdown gripping Washington.

Obama’s cancelled Asian visit, which was to have included the ASEAN meeting, has raised alarm in the Philippines and elsewhere that the US would lose a banner opportunity to counter assertive Chinese territorial claims. Obama’s visit to the longtime US ally had been much anticipated in Manila, where the Aquino government has taken the region’s most forceful posture in territorial disputes with China. The Obama administration has encouraged the Philippines, while China has sought to exact a political and economic cost on Manila.

Anyway, Kerry was able to meet Philippine president Benigno Aquino III a t the Brunei summit.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry, who was supposed to make a visit to the Philippines on behalf of US President Barack Obama on October 11, said on October 10 that he has canceled the  scheduled trip due to the threat posed by tropical storm Nari, adding that his pilots have advised against the trip.

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John kerryUS Secretary of State John Kerry, who was supposed to make a visit to the Philippines on behalf of US President Barack Obama on October 11, said on October 10 that he has canceled the  scheduled trip due to the threat posed by tropical storm Nari, adding that his pilots have advised against the trip.

Forecasters say the storm could strike the northern Philippines as a typhoon as early as October 11, bringing strong winds and heavy rains.

Kerry had planned to meet with Philippine officials in Manila. It was to be the last stop on a Southeast Asia tour that has included Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia.

Kerry made the announcement as he wrapped up his sessions at the 23rd ASEAN summit in Brunei. He said he would try to make the trip up “in a month or so” and reaffirmed the “firm partnership” between the US and the Philippines.

During much of Kerry’s trip he has been filling in for President Barack Obama, who canceled a planned Asia tour because of the government shutdown gripping Washington.

Obama’s cancelled Asian visit, which was to have included the ASEAN meeting, has raised alarm in the Philippines and elsewhere that the US would lose a banner opportunity to counter assertive Chinese territorial claims. Obama’s visit to the longtime US ally had been much anticipated in Manila, where the Aquino government has taken the region’s most forceful posture in territorial disputes with China. The Obama administration has encouraged the Philippines, while China has sought to exact a political and economic cost on Manila.

Anyway, Kerry was able to meet Philippine president Benigno Aquino III a t the Brunei summit.

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