Obama's tour of Asia is growing concern

growing fears that Obama's first official tour of Asia will bring more frustration than positive changes in the areas of trade, human rights, national security and the environment, writes The Wall Street Journal.Climate change, the position of the opposition in Myanmar, the new US-Russian arms reduction treaty, Iran - on all these issues there is no progress, said the correspondent Jonathan Veysmen.Fears are growing that the first official tour of Asia by Obama will bring more frustration than positive changes in the areas of trade, human rights, national security and the environment, writes The Wall Street Journal.Climate change, the position of the opposition in Myanmar, the new US-Russian arms reduction treaty, Iran - on all these issues there is no progress, said the correspondent Jonathan Veysmen.

Obama became the first US president, who met with representatives of all the ASEAN Member States, including the military junta of Myanmar, and (according to sources in the White House) personally demande

d the release of political prisoners in that country."However, Obama failed to get to a word in the ASEAN communiqué mentioned the political prisoners," - emphasizes the author.

new Russian-American treaty on arms reduction is unlikely to be concluded before the expiration of START on 5 December.According to Michael McFaul, in charge of the Russian National Security Council, is now the part of developing an interim agreement on the extension of the START conditions.

With regard to trade, at the APEC summit, Obama re-built bridges with young trade alliance Trans-Pacific Partnership.However, the real test for his ideas of greater openness to trade will be the visit to South Korea on Thursday: the negotiations on a free trade regime between Washington and Seoul have long been stalled, says the publication.

At the APEC summit was dealt a heavy blow to efforts to combat climate change APEC leaders recognized that at the December UN conference will not be entered into the agreement legally binding.Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen immediately brought to Singapore a new, more modest project.According to him, in Copenhagen should require developed countries to reduce emissions and take measures to adapt to the warming and poor countries and to allocate funds for immediate action.On Sunday, APEC leaders adopted a framework agreement on further negotiations, but do not assign a date for ratification of the Summit of the real contract, the newspaper said.

In Sunday's speech, Obama argued for a new architecture of the world economy, he promised that the US will try to consume less and save more money, and reoriented to trade and export.At the same time he asked Asian countries to take care that their economies were more dependent on domestic demand than the appetite of the United States.However, it is unclear whether Obama to get power to Beijing allowed the yuan strengthen.At the APEC summit, despite persistent efforts, it was not possible to achieve agreement on the stabilization of the foreign exchange markets - prevented differences between the American and Chinese delegations, stresses the newspaper, citing informed sources.In a situation where the US budget deficit reached a record high, Washington fears angering China.

"Asia tour exposed the fact that the policy of dialogue pursued by Obama, has a limited capacity," - writes the correspondent.Dissidents believe that the US does not have enough pressure on Myanmar.Meanwhile, the US side has come to the conclusion that its sanctions against Myanmar are ineffective, and now hopes that through regular meetings, Washington will be able to expand the influence on the leadership of this country.

Source: The Wall Street Journal