Trans-Pacific Coalition

Japan Times

“As America’s first Pacific president, I promise you that this Pacific nation will strengthen and sustain our leadership in this vitally important part of the world,” Obama said in Tokyo in November 2009 as he kicked off his first tour to Asia.

“The future of the United States and Asia is inextricably linked,” he insisted at the time, as he announced Washington’s intent to “strengthen old alliances and build new partnerships” in the region.