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Bush to Discuss US-Asia Relations During Thailand Visit


U.S. President George Bush is in Thailand for talks with Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej and a meeting with Burmese exiles.

Mr. Bush and Mr. Samak are scheduled to have a working dinner in Bangkok Wednesday, the second leg of the president's three-nation Asian tour.

While in Thailand, President Bush's wife, Laura, will travel to the Burmese border to visit a refugee camp and clinic.

President Bush is scheduled to give a speech in Thailand Thursday addressing U.S. relations with Asia.

Excerpts of the speech released by the White House Wednesday say Mr. Bush will criticize China's human rights record and Burma's military leaders.

The speech says the United States "stands in firm opposition" to China's detention of political, human rights, and religious activists.

Mr. Bush will attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in China on Friday.

He will be the first sitting U.S. president to attend the Olympic games on foreign soil.

Mr. Bush was in Seoul earlier today, where he held talks with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

The Bush administration says the leaders pledged to work on passing a new bilateral free trade pact in their respective legislatures. They also agreed to work together to address climate change.

During a joint news conference with Mr. Lee, President Bush urged North Korea to agree to a thorough verification of its nuclear weapons program. Mr. Bush said until that happens, North Korea can not be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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