By Julian Pecquet - 11/07/12 04:12 PM EST
Obama's rumored visit would cap a rapid thawing of relations between the United States and Burma, also known as Myanmar, over the past year as the long-reclusive country has adopted democratic reforms, including legislative elections earlier this year. Hillary Clinton became the first U.S. secretary of State to visit the country in more than 50 years when she flew to Burma last November and met with the new civilian government and opposition leaders.
The United States has since lifted a number of sanctions imposed after the military regime's crackdown against democracy activists in 1988. And Burmese President Thein Sein met with Clinton in New York in September while attending the United Nations General Assembly.