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president obama struggling this week to reassure his allies in asia they can count on the united states to push back on a rising china even though he hasn't been able to push a pacific trade deal through his own party at home to slap down to his trade agenda from congress last week plus another tuesday vote putting off a final decision for weeks thieves asian powers wondered if a massive twelve nation trade deal has any future matt's potomac is following the story for reuters in washington out today the japanese , finance minister , said it would be difficult to go ahead with the next round of ministerial negotiations , uh that adds his voice to concerns already expressed by singapore's foreign minister and we've also heard some misgivings expressed by the australians and the new zealanders at issue for those countries is whether the u. s. is actually serious about pursuing , the rebalancing toward asia that obama has long promised unno obama failed to convince his fellow democrats to fear a rising china more than the domestic union led coalition that brought about last week's to buckle but for countries in the asia pacific region it's a no brainer , and with continuing tension over china's island building in the south china sea plus several hacks of u. s. government service traced back to the country the last thing obama wants is to be seen as weak but a chinese , uh any sign of u. s. weakness of this sort , uh would be seen as an opportunity to , on its own , issues in dispute with the united states but unless obama can get his fellow democrats in line it'll be hard to show any strength inside the beltway or out