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January 25, 2022
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US President Barack Obama in South East Asia visit

Barack Obama has begun a tour of South East Asia, which will include a historic visit to Burma, BBC informs.Mr Obama landed in Thailand’s capital Bangkok on his first foreign trip after his re-election as president.On Monday he will become the first US president to visit Burma, which has been praised in the West for freeing hundreds of political prisoners and holding its first contested election.Mr Obama has been trying to refocus US foreign policy towards Asia. Analysts say the US is trying to counter the dominating influence of China in the region. But US officials have repeatedly insisted that they want to work with China. During his Thailand visit Mr Obama will meet Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and King Bhumibol, the world’s longest-serving monarch.  In Burma, he is due to hold talks with President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.After visiting Burma, Mr Obama will head to Cambodia to join a meeting of the regional bloc Asean.

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