Kuala Lumpur – Malaysian Ambassador to the US announced that the US President Barack Obama will be making his second landmark visit to Malaysia in November 2015.
Obama becomes the first serving US president to visit Malaysia 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.
More to come.