Strongmen to predominate at Obama's Southeast Asian summit

Feb 15, 2016 12:47 PM by News Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - When President Barack Obama welcomes Southeast Asian leaders for a shirt-sleeves summit set to begin Monday in California, he'll have some interesting dining companions.

There's the coup leader with a penchant for song and the sultan with a taste for the high life.

A ruthless prime minister with 31 years on the job and a former furniture salesman.

A communist politburo veteran and a prime minister trying to shake off a $700 million financial scandal.

U.S. officials say the unprecedented gathering is the culmination of Obama's seven-year effort to engage with the Asia-Pacific. It's a strategic push that China views as an attempt to contain its rise. The gathering runs through Tuesday.

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