The world’s strategic and economic center of gravity will be the Asia-Pacific.
It’s home to nearly half the world’s population,
it boasts several of the largest and fastest growing economies
and some of the world’s busiest ports and shipping lanes,
and it also presents consequential challenges.
And one of the most important tasks over the next decades
will be to lock in a substantially increased investment
— diplomatic, economic, strategic and otherwise — in this region.
And the U.S. continues to contribute to Asia’s growth
as a major trade and investment partner,
a source of innovation that benefits Asia’s companies,
a host to 350,000 Asian students every year,
a champion of open markets,
an advocate for universal human rights,
and a guarantor of stability and security across the Asia-Pacific.
The United States has a strong interest in continuing its tradition of economic and strategic leadership,
and Asia has a strong interest in the United States remaining a dynamic partner and influence.
We are all well positioned to rise together,
to achieve greater prosperity in partnership,
to offer all of our people a chance at a better future.
[TEXT: www.state.gov, produced by the U.S. Department of State]