Reelected Obama Sets on 1st Foreign Trip to SE Asia

World | November 18, 2012, Sunday // 12:56|  views

US President, Barack Obama, has picked Southeast Asia for his first trip abroad since winning a second term. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Recently reelected US President Barack Obama has started a three-day Southeast Asia tour in a bid to change US diplomacy balance in the region.

While there, the President will also try to secure the opening of new markets for American business.

In his first trip abroad after his reelection on November 6, Obama has arrived Sunday in the capital of Thailand, Bangkok. The agenda includes cultural sightseeing, a royal audience with King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a private meeting with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, a joint press conference and an official dinner.

The US president will travel to Myanmar on Monday. Obama has eased sanction on the country, also known as Burma, and his visit will be the first there by a sitting US president, the Herald Sun reminds.

Obama's tour ends with his participation in the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in in Cambodia, which started Sunday.

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta also visited Thailand recently.

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Tags: US President, Barack Obama, Southeast Asia, trip abroad, Myanmar, Thailand, ASEAN, Cambodia, Leon Panetta


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