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  • In this photo taken Nov. 16, 2012 and released by U.S. Navy, the USS George Washington aircraft carrier, second row from bottom right, and JS Hyuga, bottom, cruise with other ships from the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force in East China Sea after the conclusion of Keen Sword, a biennial naval exercise by the two countries to respond to a crisis in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Waiting to see how muscular Obama's posture is in a region increasingly dominated by China's growing economy.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 5:30 AM EST
  • U.S. President Barack Obama, left, attends the East Asian Summit Plenary Session at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. Seated right is Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

    As Obama tours the Pacific, the big question on everybody's mind is how much of a role Washington can play in keeping the region stable.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 4:00 AM EST
  • U.S. President Barack Obama, left, is shown the way by Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen before the ASEAN-U.S. leaders meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.

    President Obama's attendance at an annual summit of Southeast Asian leaders set him in the eye of stormy territorial disputes involving his allies and China.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 3:00 AM EST