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John Kerry At Asia Pacific Summit After Obama Bails

10/04/2013 04:39 EDT | Updated 12/03/2013 05:12 EST
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US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives to testify before the House Armed Services Committee on September 10, 2013 in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
BALI, Indonesia - Nearly a decade after his unsuccessful 2004 bid for the White House, John Kerry is getting the chance to be presidential as he fills in for U.S. President Barack Obama at heads of state summits in Asia.

The secretary of state learned Friday while flying from Japan to Indonesia that he would lead heavyweight U.S. delegations to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in Bali and the East Asia Summit in Brunei.

Kerry had been in Tokyo for security talks and was already planning to attend both meetings but only in a supporting role for Obama. He found out earlier in the week that he would be visiting Malaysia and the Philippines in Obama's stead next week.

Obama cancelled his Asia tour to deal with the government shutdown in Washington.

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