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Obama Says Asia-Pacific Region ‘Critical’ to U.S. Growth

November 13, 2011

Nov. 13 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama told leaders of the Asia-Pacific region that growth of their economies is “absolutely critical” to the future prosperity of the U.S.

Obama said as he opened a meeting of the 21-member Asia- Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Hawaii that creation of a seamless regional economy is key to his goal of doubling U.S. exports and creating jobs.

“The Asia Pacific region is absolutely critical to America’s economic growth, we consider it a top priority,” Obama said.

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