• Obama to host Singapore PM for state visit

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    WASHINGTON, DC: US President Barack Obama will host Singapore’s prime minister for talks on a stalled trans-Pacific trade pact, maritime tensions with China and a prestigious White House state dinner. The White House said Obama would host Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Aug. 2, hoping to woo an ally that has “served as an anchor for the US rebalance to Asia.” Lee is the son of longtime Singapore leader Lee Kuan Yew, a trusted confidant to a string of US presidents despite criticisms of his authoritarian rule. Lee Hsien Loong, 64, became Singapore’s third prime minister in 2004. Obama visited Singapore in 2009 for a regional summit and has faced pressure to make a symbolic bilateral visit to the country.

    AFP

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