Obama has ‘tense’ meeting with Cambodian PM

Obama was fresh off an historic visit to Burma on Sunday, in which he praised the country’s nascent move toward democracy. In his Monday talks with Hun Sen, Obama held Burma as an example of the benefits of political reform.

“He began by expressing that his trip to Burma demonstrated the positive benefits that flow from countries moving down the path of political reform and increasing respect for human rights,” Rhodes continued.

Burma held legislative elections earlier this year and the Obama administration has since lifted a number of sanctions to further encourage the nation’s military leaders to democratize. 

Later, Obama joined other regional leaders for the U.S.-ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh. In his opening address at the event, Hun Sen congratulated the president on winning another term in office.