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Is President Obama's visit to Myanmar premature?

Obama will be the first sitting US president to visit Myanmar, but a chorus of voices is urging him to wait for further reforms.
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US President Barack Obama listens to Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi speak before a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House September 19, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama has announced that he will visit Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, on his tour of Southeast Asia at the end of this month. Obama will be the first sitting US president to visit the Southeast Asian nation.

The president’s visit will be the strongest endorsement from the international community since Myanmar’s government began a democratization process last year. But critics are calling the visit premature. Despite Sein’s reforms, which have minimized media censorship, strengthened local currency and initiated peace talks with rebel groups, much of Myanmar remains unchanged.

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