Barack Obama aknowledged yet another break with his predecessor’s foreign policy when he began his first presidential trip to Asia. There have been concerns that the U.S., the world’s biggest economy, and other nations might turn inward as they grapple with the worst global financial crisis in decades. News that the U.S. would participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, joining Chile, New Zealand, Singapore and Brunei, was announced in Tokyo and Singapore, drawing applause at the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.
A diplomatic row has broken out between Thailand and Cambodia over former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s new job as an adviser to the government in Phnom Penh. This dispute is only the latest of a series of spats between the two countries. The BBC looks at the main issues dividing them. Cambodia has angered the Thai government by refusing to extradite Thaksin Shinawatra, who is in Cambodia after accepting a role as an economic adviser to the government there. Cambodia said it rejected the extradition request because it viewed the charges against Mr Thaksin as being politically motivated.