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Obama makes first time tour to South East Asian countries

He will visit Thailand, Cambodia, and Myanmar

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Thailand: President Barack Obama has arrived in Asia for a ground-breaking tour.

In the president's first foreign trip since winning re-election, he will visit Thailand, the China-focused Cambodia, and Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

He has never visited Cambodia or Myanmar.

The president will spend the entire time in South-East Asia to show the Obama administration is becoming more involved with the region.

In his first term he unveiled a plan to shift the bulk of the US navy to the Pacific and South-East Asian area by 2020.

The president will begin his tour in Thailand on Sunday. Thailand is the oldest US ally in Asia.

He will then move on to Cambodia to become the first sitting US president to do so.

At the East Asia Summit which Cambodia is hosting, Obama will meet China's outgoing premier, Wen Jiabao and Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of Japan to discuss the dispute between the two countries over islands and surrounding oil and gas assets in the East China Sea.

In Myanmar, President Obama will try to encourage the country's leaders to have more communication with the United States.

The nation formerly known as Burma has been for years a close ally of China.

Myanmar's recently launched reforms have changed the ruling system.

Following the end to nearly half a century of army rule last year, the country's president Thein Sein, released political prisoners allowing the once-confined opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to enter parliament.

US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is also in the area to meet President Obama on his tour.

While Singapore was the first Asian stop on Clinton's tour, she will join President Obama on his stops in Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia.

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