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BANGKOK - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived at Don Mueang airport on Sunday morning as President Barack Obama is set to arrive later the same day on his first foreign trip since re-election, underscoring Asia's importance to US growth as his administration seeks to harness economic opportunities abroad. 

Mrs Clinton touted Asia's growth prospects in a speech on Saturday that mapped out a foreign policy focused more on economic strength than military might. Mr Obama's trip signals the US increased focus on Asia with the conflict in Iraq over and the war in Afghanistan winding down, Mrs Clinton said in Singapore.

"Why is the American president spending all this time in Asia so soon after winning re-election?” she said, according to the transcript of a speech she gave as part of her third visit to the region since July. “Because so much of the history of the 21st century is being written here. America's expanded engagement in the region represents our commitment to help shape that shared future."

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