Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrives Monday in Vientiane, Laos, for the ASEAN Summit. The U.S. canceled a bilateral meeting scheduled for Dutarte and President Obama. Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Tiny Laos Readies For A Visit From Obama — And A Turn Under The Global Spotlight

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, chains his hands with his counterparts from Vietnam, right, and Thailand before the ASEAN meeting in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, on Thursday. The trip's message: The U.S. is committed to its "rebalance" toward the Asia-Pacific region. Vincent Thian/AP hide caption

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