President Obama arrives in Myanmar after Thailand visit
Kathleen HennesseyYangon, Myanmar — President Obama on Monday became the first U.S. president to visit Myanmar, a once-secretive nation emerging from decades of authoritarian rule.
Obama is expected to urge the Southeast Asian country's government to stay the course toward democratic reforms.
The White House has billed his visit as a celebration of the recent shift by the government of President Thein Sein, symbolized most publicly by the release of dissident Aung San Suu Kyi in 2010 after years of house arrest.
But the visit has also met with criticism from human rights advocates who argue that the accolades are premature and the presidential visit too big a reward for Myanmar's government. Hundreds of political prisoners remain jailed and an ethnic conflict involving a minority group has erupted in recent violence.
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"President Obama arrives in Myanmar after Thailand visit", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), novembre 2012. Consulté le 07/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/president-obama-arrives-in-myanmar-after-thailand-visit