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Obama to welcome Singapore PM next week

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US President Barack Obama will welcome Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to the White House on Tuesday, as he seeks to bolster his diplomatic 'pivot' to Asia in his second term. 

US President Barack Obama (R) and First Lady Michelle Obama pose with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during a welcoming ceremony ahead of the APEC Leaders' dinner in Honolulu, Hawaii, on November 12, 2011 during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. Obama will welcome Lee to the White House on Tuesday, as he seeks to bolster his diplomatic 'pivot' to Asia.

The White House said Wednesday that next week's talks would focus on a range of strategic and economic questions in the Asia Pacific region, which is pre-occupied with the rise of China and the US response to Beijing's emergence.

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