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Barack Obama visits Myanmar - The New York Times
Washingington - President Obama will make Asia his first overseas target since his re-election, with a journey this months that includes a landmark Myanmar mission and underlines his wish to focus US external policies more on the Pacific during his second mandate. On Thursday, the White House said the new Obama will go to Cambodia for an upcoming global business conference in Thailand and Myanmar.
There has been no US President-in-Office to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, nor to Cambodia, which has allowed Mr Obama to increase his involvement in the area. This journey is part of a wider Obama Administrative geo-politics challenge that has tried to combat China's growing resilience by involving its neighbours. However, the proposed mission was criticised by humanitarian lawyers who feared that a presence of the US presidency in Myanmar on the road to democratisation would be too early in the face of ongoing insurrections, racial brutality and the imprisonment of detainees.
Similarly, some in Congress voiced concerns that Obama's stay in Cambodia cannot be seen as confirmation of a tough dictatorial regime that has taken action against the dissent. That journey from November 17 to 20 will be a fast, just before Thanksgiving, as Mr Obama concentrates most of his energies on the confrontation with fiscal and expenditure matters that need to be dealt with by the end of the year and the reconstruction of his crew for the next four years.
In the White Haus, the White Haus said the US presidency would be discussing "a wide variety of issues" in the area, among them business, safety and people. Its most symbolic part will be the stop in Yangon, where Obama will be meeting the two propelling powers behind Myanmar's prolific rise from decade-long dictatorial rule, Presiden Thein Sein, who came to office last year, and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning opponent who was released from home detention and elected to stand for a parliamentary term.
Mr Obama was meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi when she went to Washington in September and he relaxed the penalties to promote development in Myanmar. However, opponents said he went too far by paying Yangon a personal trip without making any further tangible advances, such as the release of hundred of political detainees still being detained there.
Burma's Assistance Association for Political prisoners listed 283 policy detainees whose abodes it checked and said that although the administration has freed many others, it has arrested more militants at will. Last winters meeting, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton seemed to say that further relations depended on the liberation of the inmates.
Obama was called off by the US campaign for Burma, an exiled group criticized by the state. "Aung Din, the group's leader and former students' campaigner who escaped a violent suppression by the Burmese army in 1988, said, "This administration has repeatedly missed its own responsibility to serve the Burmese population.
Similarly, the stop in Cambodia has given rise to concerns. Mr Obama visits Phnom Penh to participate in a gathering of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations leadership. An all-party group of 12 members of Congress sent Mr Obama a note on 31 October in which they saw the value of participation but urged him to denounce abuses of people' s freedoms by the administration of Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in office for 27 years.
Premier's political group" uses various types of compulsion, involving force and rigging of domestic bodies, to restrict the liberties of normal citizens," said the epistle written by Senator John McCain of Arizona, a Republican right-wing extremist, and Senator Barbara Boxer of California, a free democrat.