November 18th, 2011
10:35 AM ET

Hillary Clinton plans trip to visit Myanmar

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to visit Myanmar next month on a trip that could signal a major change in relations between the two countries.

Clinton will be the first American secretary of state in 50 years to visit Myanmar, a country that the West has long criticized for its hostility toward democracy and its record on human rights.

President Barack Obama said Friday that Clinton would visit the outheast Asian nation next month. He said he did so after talking with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was released one year ago after spending 15 of the previous 21 years under house arrest for her opposition to authoritarian rule in Myanmar.

Clinton's trip is an indication that Myanmar, also known as Burma, has made some progress toward democracy and that the time could be right to forge a new relationship between the nations, the White House said.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    Go Hillary.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    MayBy they will put her in their prison haha hehe

    November 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Go Hillary *and* Aung San Suu Kyi!

    Gung, didn't you say you voted for Hillary in the last Presidential primary?

    November 18, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    @banasy hey lady didnt ya see my haha hehe I was kidding

    November 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    I saw it, gung.
    I knaow you were kidding.
    Personally, I think Hillary is doing a terrific job as SOS.

    November 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Andreas Moser

    Why don't we call the country "Burma"?

    November 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Same reason we don't call Thailand "Siam."

    November 19, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. Gijoe

    Hil klitgoon eats the ass holes out of dead cats while nasty pelooney eats cat turds only. Knew it all along didnt ya? You were right

    November 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |