Fox News: President Obama on Sunday officially began his three-day tour of Asia, saying in Thailand that he made the region his first post-election stop because it is crucial to American job creation and security.
“Asia is first foreign trip since reelection,” Obama said at a news conference Bangkok, where he was joined by Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. “This is no accident.”
Obama also called the country’s “America’s oldest friend in Asia,” a relationship that is nearly 180 years old.
The president also emphasized that the United States is a “Pacific nation.” And he says the Asia-Pacific region will be crucial for creating jobs in the U.S. and shaping its security and prosperity.
Obama will also visit Myanmar and Cambodia on the tour.
He praised Thailand for being a supporter of democracy in Myanmar, the once-pariah state that is rapidly reforming. He says he appreciated the Thai prime minister’s insights into Myanmar during their meetings Sunday
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