Obama meets ASEAN leaders in Cambodia

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Newly re-minted President Barack Obama made history twice today by setting out on two landmark visits, first to Myanmar and then to Cambodia where he will finish off the last leg of his four-day Southeast Asia tour.

Obama was greeted by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in the Peace Palace, Phnom Penh, before heading into a meeting with ASEAN leaders.

Road blocks around the summit venue have been extended as have added security forces with machine guns that snake around the vicinity.

Already a contentious issue, Obama is expected to address maritime disputes during his stay, as well as human rights, of which the 10 ASEAN leaders inked a multilateral document on November 17 calling for the guarantee of asylum, primary education and freedom of assembly, among others.

Bilateral meetings with President Yoshihiko Noda of Japan and Lee Myung Bak of South Korea have been scheduled for the US president on the morning of November 19, giving Obama to the chance to figure out where American influence can be injected into frayed north Asia relations.

The official visit is strictly being made to attend the regional summit and is in no way an endorsement of Hun Sen’s government, White House officials have stated. Known by the laudatory title of the “strongman,” 60-year-old Hun Sen has been in power since Ronald Reagan first took office and has made promises to stay in power until his 90th birthday.

On November 20, during the last day of the summits, leaders from 17 partner countries of the East Asia Summit will convene , with the noticeably exclusion of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Newly re-minted President Barack Obama made history twice today by setting out on two landmark visits, first to Myanmar and then to Cambodia where he will finish off the last leg of his four-day Southeast Asia tour.

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Newly re-minted President Barack Obama made history twice today by setting out on two landmark visits, first to Myanmar and then to Cambodia where he will finish off the last leg of his four-day Southeast Asia tour.

Obama was greeted by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in the Peace Palace, Phnom Penh, before heading into a meeting with ASEAN leaders.

Road blocks around the summit venue have been extended as have added security forces with machine guns that snake around the vicinity.

Already a contentious issue, Obama is expected to address maritime disputes during his stay, as well as human rights, of which the 10 ASEAN leaders inked a multilateral document on November 17 calling for the guarantee of asylum, primary education and freedom of assembly, among others.

Bilateral meetings with President Yoshihiko Noda of Japan and Lee Myung Bak of South Korea have been scheduled for the US president on the morning of November 19, giving Obama to the chance to figure out where American influence can be injected into frayed north Asia relations.

The official visit is strictly being made to attend the regional summit and is in no way an endorsement of Hun Sen’s government, White House officials have stated. Known by the laudatory title of the “strongman,” 60-year-old Hun Sen has been in power since Ronald Reagan first took office and has made promises to stay in power until his 90th birthday.

On November 20, during the last day of the summits, leaders from 17 partner countries of the East Asia Summit will convene , with the noticeably exclusion of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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