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Obama in first US presidential visit to Malaysia since 1966

US President Barack Obama boards Air Force One as he leaves South Korea, from Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, on April 26, 2014US President Barack Obama arrives in Malaysia on Saturday, hoping to energise aloof ties with a Muslim-majority nation whose government is under the microscope for wide allegations of abuse of power and the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Obama becomes the first serving US president to visit since Lyndon Johnson in 1966 as he tours Asia to fortify alliances amid concern over China’s rise and push his troubled plans for a Pacific-wide trade pact. Washington is keen to emphasise its relations with economically successful, moderate-Muslim Malaysia as the United States battles image problems in the Islamic world. But Malaysia is a close trading partner of China and has resisted key aspects of Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement on trade.

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