ⓒ 中央日報/中央日報日本語版2014.04.25 09:24
Written Interview with Joongang Ilbo
QUESTION: Your visit to Korea is part of an Asia trip designed to demonstrate your commitment to your Asia rebalance strategy. But given the complex issues throughout the world, it seems U.S. attention is diverted more to areas such as the Middle East and Eastern Europe than to East Asia. How can we be convinced of the reliability of US commitment the region?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: The United States is the world’s only superpower and we therefore have unique global responsibilities across many regions. But we also have unique capabilities, including our unrivaled military power and security alliances, our economic strength as the world’s largest economy, our diplomacy and development partnerships , as well as the power of our values as a country that stands up for the right of citizens around the world to live in freedom and dignity. So even as we deal with pressing challenges in one part of the world, we are still able to play a leadership role in the Asia Pacific, and that’s exactly what we are doing. We’re expanding our trade and commercial relationships. We’re prioritizing the Asia Pacific in our defense budget. And we’ve had unprecedented engagement with our allies, partners, and multilateral institutions in the region.