Setbacks aside, Obama claims stronger global hand
President Barack Obama claimed a stronger hand on the world stage Friday despite electoral defeats at home, breakdown to get a free-trade accord with South Korea and lackluster worldwide hold for his get-tough policy with China on deal and currency dispute.

"It wasn't any easier to talk about money when I was first chosen and my poll numbers were at 65 percent," Obama argued at the close of the G-20 summit, following frankly reproachful Beijing of undervalue its currency.

The president flew to Japan for the APEC peak without the coveted trade deal with Korea or a united front with additional countries against China's currency policy. He also endured a gusher of censure from other countries about a decision by the U.S. central bank to pump $600 billion into the U.S. economy, something China, Germany and others consider could grow weaker the dollar and lead to inflation.

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