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Obama Asia Trip to Mark First Myanmar Stop by U.S. President

President Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Myanmar, highlighting the country’s shift to democracy under his tenure, when he makes a trip to three Southeast Asian nations this month.

Obama will meet President Thein Sein and opposition leader and former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon, Myanmar, as part of U.S. efforts to encourage greater political freedom in the country formerly known as Burma. The Nov. 17-20 trip announced yesterday is built around a summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where Obama will meet with leaders from China, Japan, Russia, India and other Asia-Pacific countries.