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Officials: Obama Absence at ASEAN Summit No Snub to Asia

The 10  leaders from the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) begin their annual meeting on Wednesday. Heads of government from other countries, such as China, Japan and South Korea, will join them the following day at the East Asia Summit. But this year's meeting will be without U.S. President Barack Obama, who canceled amid the ongoing budget standoff in Washington. The back-to-back ASEAN and East Asia summits bring the leaders into the same rooms ...

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