Obama's Asia-Pacific 'Pivot'

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On his trip to Asia this week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to reassure allies that the Obama administration's so-called "Pacific Pivot" is still on track. The "pivot" -- a shift in military and economic focus to the Asia-Pacific region -- is a major priority for the administration. But it has been hampered by Pentagon budget cuts and delays in negotiating the controversial "Trans-Pacific Partnership," a multinational free-trade agreement. We'll discuss the pivot, and the state of U.S.-Asian relations in advance of President Obama's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Southern California next week.

Guests:

Patrick Cronin, senior adviser and senior director of the Asia Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a public policy think tank focused on national security and defense

Donald Emmerson, director of the Southeast Asia Forum, part of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University

Julian Aguon, human rights attorney, activist and author based in Guam, where the U.S. is planning a major military expansion

Michelle Chan, Economic Policy Program Director for Friends of the Earth, a group opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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