Federal workers have been protesting to demand and end to the shutdown

US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned that any prolonged shutdown of the government could affect the US internationally. But, speaking at the APEC forum in Indonesia, he said any impact was "momentary" and Washington's commitment to Asia was "undiminished".

President Barack Obama cancelled his Asia visit because of the shutdown. The US government closed non-essential operations on Tuesday after Congress failed to agree a new budget. John Kerry: Shutdown "an example of the robustness of our democracy" Thousands of federal employees have been sent home. Some are working but not paid. US-EU trade negotiations have also been postponed because of the crisis.

'Robust democracy' As world leaders headed for the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit in Bali, Mr Kerry sought to allay concerns that Washington was reducing its global engagement. "None of what is happening in Washington diminishes one iota our commitment to our partners in Asia," he said.

He said the dispute with the Republicans in the US Congress was "an example of the robustness of our democracy". Continue reading the main story Analysis