President Barack Obama reiterates the U.S. commitment to ''rebalancing'' ties with Asia during his last ASEAN meeting. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama held a meeting with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders for the last time on Thursday (September 8). Obama became the first incumbent U.S. president to visit Laos this week for a series of meetings with the heads of state of the 10-nation regional bloc. Security concerns in the South China Sea where a few ASEAN nations have overlapping claims with its giant neighbour, China are likely to be discussed. China claims much of the lucrative sea through which more than $5 trillion of trade moves annually. Trade talks focusing on the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are also expected to be on the agenda. Obama has made the 12-nation TPP the centrepiece of a diplomatic "pivot" to Asia, but the prospects for U.S. congressional approval have looked increasingly dim, with both major presidential candidates - Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump - standing opposed. Obama will depart for Washington, D.C. later in the day.