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Southeast Asia
Obama to make historic Burma visit during three-day Asia trip
2012-11-17
Barack Obama on Saturday left for his fifth trip to Asia since becoming president, part of a long-term re-balancing of US strategy away from Europe and the Middle East.

The highlight of the trip will be a potentially emotional meeting with the Burmese dissident and human rights campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi at her home in Rangoon, a visit few in America would have thought possible when Obama was first voted into office in 2008.

Just as important as trying to help Burma emerge as a fully-fledged democracy are his trips to Thailand and Cambodia, which is hosting a meeting of east Asian leaders, including those of Japan and China.

The Obama administration has been open about the dangers to US dominance posed by the rapid rise of China.

The long-term US aim is to contain it, to prevent it becoming the pre-eminent power in the region, and to compete on at least equal terms economically and militarily.

"We have in every context made clear to Beijing that there's a cost to coercive behaviour, problematic conduct, whether that's on the economic front or on the security front," Danny Russel, senior director for Asia on the White House's national security council, told reporters in a conference call ahead of Obama's trip.

"Our objective is to shape the environment in the Asia-Pacific region in which the peaceful rise of important countries, including China, contributes to the common good, is fundamentally stabilising and not destabilising."
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#10  All dead jihadis / Promised seventy two / Find warrenty void / if killed by a Jew / Gaza-Shave
Posted by: swksvolFF   2012-11-17 22:16  

#9  The "soft underbelly/belly" of CHINA.

See also CHINA DAILY FORUM > US MARKING ITS [future?]MILITARY PRESENCE IN CHINA'S "SOFT BELLY" [Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia].

Sniff, sniff, is there no love from the Bammer for Laos????

* SAME > EAST ASIA A NEW FRONTLINE?: VOICE OF RUSSIA.

Once again, ambitious "post-US", World 31 wannabe Rising Cina has no place to fall back on except its own mainland, i.e. where it started from + still remains.

"CONTAINMENT" NOT A POST-US SUPERPOWER MAKETH.

* TOPIX, DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > CHINA "PIVOTS" ON MCMAHON LINE".

* SAME > AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN CLASH OVER DURAND LINE.



Posted by: JosephMendiola   2012-11-17 21:40  

#8  Let's all play!

We fight the Jew / to no avail / He bombs our ass / Epic Fail
Gaza-Shave
Posted by: SteveS   2012-11-17 19:53  

#7  Looking to pick up tips from successful authoritarians?
Posted by: Procopius2k   2012-11-17 19:20  

#6  LOL
Posted by: Shipman   2012-11-17 17:36  

#5  If your car smokes / And craters out / The jooos did it / There is no doubt / Gaza-Shave
Posted by: swksvolFF   2012-11-17 15:44  

#4  It has a tingle / And a tang / That starts / The day off / With a bang /

Motto of every al-qaeda suicide bomber, Cristie Matthews
Posted by: Au Auric   2012-11-17 15:08  

#3  It has a tingle / And a tang / That starts / The day off / With a bang / Burma-Shave lotion
Posted by: Cristie Matthews   2012-11-17 14:47  

#2  And not to say anything about the UN sex boy trade in Cambodia.

Free / Illustrated / Jingle book / In every / Package / Burma-Shave

Golfers! / If fewer strokes / Are what you crave / You're out of the rough / With / Burma-Shave
Posted by: swksvolFF   2012-11-17 14:08  

#1  Bengali Muslims, generally known as the Rohingyas, have a large diaspora population in Myanmar aka Burma.

Look for Obamie to make a comment on the subject when he visits.

Posted by: Au Auric   2012-11-17 13:23  

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