Asia trip gives Obama opportunity to build legacy

6:51 PM, Nov 17, 2012   |    comments
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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan - For President Barack Obama, expanding U.S. influence in Asia is more than just countering China or opening up new markets to American businesses.

It's also about building his legacy.

Fresh off re-election, Obama will make a significant investment in that effort during a quick run through Southeast Asia. He's set to arrive in Bangkok on Sunday.

In addition to stops in Thailand and Cambodia, the president will make an historic visit to Myanmar, where his administration has led efforts to ease the once pariah nation out of international isolation.

The trip marks Obama's fourth visit to Asia in as many years. With a second term now guaranteed, aides say Obama will be a regular visitor to the region over the next four years as well.

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