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Obama, Clinton gamble on Myanmar

Obama administration gambles on Myanmar reform with historic Clinton visit By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Obama administration is taking a foreign policy gamble by sending Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the isolated Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar this week.

The historic visit will be the first by a secretary of state to the country also known as Burma in more than half a century and aims to test the once military-run government's baby steps toward democratic reform. The administration is betting that rewarding Myanmar's apparent desire to open up will pay dividends, including loosening Chinese influence in a region where U.S. allies are wary of China's rise.

Clinton leaves Washington on Monday and will spend two days in Myanmar after a stop in South Korea. She will meet Friday with opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

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