Video: What to Look for When Myanmar's Thein Sein Visits the White House

Myanmar President Thein Sein is scheduled to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Monday, marking the first such visit by a head of state from the Southeast Asian nation in nearly a half century. Asia Society's Vice President of Global Policy Programs Suzanne DiMaggio says the meeting is an opportunity for both leaders to "further solidify the normalization process of U.S.-Myanmar relations."

DiMaggio, who interviewed Thein Sein last fall at Asia Society New York during the reformist leader's first U.S. visit as Myanmar president, added, "This is, in a lot of ways, an endorsement on the part of the United States of Thein Sein's leadership, the reform movement he's put in place."

Watch DiMaggio's complete remarks in the video above.

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