Obama in Cambodia

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US President Barack Obama (r) returns a greeting to Bun Rany (l), wife of Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen (c) prior to the East Asia Summit Dinner, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

US President Barack Obama (r) returns a greeting to Bun Rany (l), wife of Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen (c) prior to the East Asia Summit Dinner, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) – President Barack Obama is the first U.S. president to set foot in Cambodia, a country that was once known for the “killing fields” of its genocidal communist regime in the 1970s.

The White House is making it clear that he’s only in Cambodia to attend an East Asia summit, and the visit isn’t an endorsement of Cambodia’s prime minister, Hun Sen. He’s been criticized for what some say is his violent, authoritarian rule.

Earlier, in a speech in Myanmar, Obama warned that the country’s new civilian government has to nurture democracy, or watch it disappear — along with U.S. support.

This is the final leg of the President’s Asian trip, following visits to Thailand and Myanmar.

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