KUALA LUMPUR - The United States of America aims to help maintain peace and global stability in the Asia Pacific region, President Barack Obama said on Sunday.
In a town hall meeting with Southeast Asian young leaders in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, US President Obama said that he wants to deepen cooperation with other nations and help keep peace in the region.
He said that this would enable nations to easily counter terrorism and be more pro-active in responding to humanitarian crises and disasters.
"We want to deepen our cooperation with other nations like counter terrorism and piracy, but also humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
"[This] will help us to respond quickly to contest these like the tsunami in Japan or the typhoon in the Philippines."
Obama also shared a trade agreement that they are looking to create and present.
He said the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be focused on creating higher standards of labor, environmental, and intellectual property protection.
According to Obama, the TPP may enable Malaysia to move into the next phase as it will give way to transparency and accountability, and is aligned with the rule of law.
"Through agreements like the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership), we want to make sure nations in the Asia Pacific can trade under rules that ensure fair access to markets, and support jobs and economic growth for everybody, and set high standards for the protection of workers and the environment."