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August 7, 2008

Bush arrives in Thailand for talks

US President George W. Bush arrived Wednesday in Bangkok for a two-day visit, during which he is expected to hold talks with Thailand’s prime minister and a separate meeting with Myanmar dissidents, before heading to Beijing for the Olympics, reported AFP.

Bush, who arrived after a visit to South Korea, was set to meet with Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej for dinner, officials said.

Before leaving for Beijing on Thursday, Bush was scheduled to give a speech here on US relations with Asia and meet with exiled dissidents from military-ruled Myanmar.
In an advance copy of the speech, Bush opposes China’s detention of dissidents, in a pointed message on human rights on the eve of the Beijing Olympics.

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Bush says the speech is not meant to “antagonise” China, and he expresses optimism about the future of the world’s most populous nation while repeatedly underlining America’s “deep concerns over religious freedom and human rights” in China.

But much of Bush’s stay in Bangkok will be aimed at pressuring the junta in Myanmar.

In addition to his meeting with dissidents at the US ambassador’s residence, First Lady Laura Bush plans to visit a camp and a clinic for Myanmar refugees living along the Thai border.

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