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Thursday, November 22, 2012

BURMA | Official visit of U.S. President, A kiss undiplomatic

Who could resist? After all, Aung San Suu Kyi is the most popular woman in Southeast Asia, an international icon of Human Rights and Nobel Peace Prize. The natural, Barack Obama must have thought it was kissing Lady.U.S. President know that doing so broke the first warning that the guidebooks do for visitors to Burma (Myanmar): "Public displays of affection such as kissing or hugging are not accepted." Burmese, like their neighbors in Cambodia or Thailand, prefer to keep their distance . The customary greeting is to raise the palms of the hand as a sign of respect, but the handshake has gained ground and is generally accepted. The reaction of Suu Kyi before the advance of Obama, trying to avoid it discreetly, not deterred the president. Following the opposition kiss on both cheeks, went to hug her warmlyProfessor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii, Michael Aung-Thwin, who was surprised thatObama had not previously been instructed by his advisers about the local rules of decorum , extended to most of Asia. "Retire [when will be kissed in public] is an instinctive reaction to Burmese women," said Aung-Thwin told the International Business Times. "Even for those who have lived long in the West." Tag failures hardly surprised Obama Aung San Suu Kyi, who studied in the UK and was married to Oxford academic Michael Aris, died of cancer in 1999. The scene, however, was being broadcast live to millions of Burmese who kisses must be kept private even within the couple."There is something to be done before the whole world," said Khin Phone, a secretary in a rice export company. "But anyway we are delighted that Obama has been". The U.S. president made ​​a six-hour stop in the former Burmese capital of Rangoon on Monday to support the opening of the Asian nation, once jewel of Southeast Asia and these days mired in poverty levels similar to those of sub-Saharan Africa. Reforms , started in 2010 after six decades of military dictatorship, have surprised even skeptics .The censorship has been relaxed, freed hundreds of opponents, the rights of association and assembly and the government restored in civilian hands since, although still under the tutelage of a military that still control the levers of power. The importance of the visit, which confirms the restoration of relations between two countries enemies until recently , has been over a protocol oversights Obama during his stay in the country no longer erroneously pronounce the name of Suu Kyi and Burmese leader referred to as "president Sein" mutilating your full name, Thein Sein. Excessive gestures of affection have been a commitment to other leaders in the past. Laura Bush could not help reproachfully when some years ago Jacques Chirac kissed her hand at a reception. Her husband,George W. Bush , surprised Angela Merkel to caress her shoulder during a summit in 2006. The Burmese, who these days are in the cinema public displays of affection Westerners probably ignored the slip of Obama. "They understand that this is a foreigner who does not know the customs," said Aung-Thwin.

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