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Jakarta Post

US to focus on East Asia now that Bin Laden is gone

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 11 2011   /  07:00 am

As the United States tries to disengage from Afghanistan and with the recent killing of Osama bin Laden, the world’s biggest economy will likely shift its security focus to Asia, analysts agree.

Ernest Bower, a senior adviser and director of the Southeast Asia Program at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), said the US wanted to withdraw from Afghanistan, and that killing Bin Laden has given President Barack Obama improved national security credentials in the US.

“The new focus will be on Asia, because the US sees growth and [there’s a] clear understanding in Washington that in terms of 21st century security issues, Asia is going to be more important than the Middle East,” Bower said in Jakarta.

According to Bower, who spoke at the second day of the ASEAN Leadership Forum held after the ASEAN Summit on Saturday and Sunday, there’s a ...