On 30.11.2011 the NHK News on-line reported the following:
On the 30th (November) the US Secretary of State Clinton started the visit to Myanmar which would become the first time in 56 years for a Secretary of State; she would confer with President Thein Sein and the leader of the democracy movement Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, so as to confirm directly the progress on the condition of democratization.
US Secretary of State Clinton arrived at the the airport in Naypyidaw, the capital in Myanmar at half past four in the afternoon (around the 7:00 JST time) on the 30th in a special flight. Secretary of State Clinton's visit to Myanmar was in accordance with what President Obama had announced in the East Asia summit meeting opened in the middle of this month in Indonesia, and it was the first time in 56 years that an American Secretary of State to visit Myanmar. The United States noted the suppression of the pro-democracy movement by the previous military regime in Myanmar, and had taken severe response, such as economic sanctions. The Secretary of State Clinton would confer with President Thein Sein and others who were expected to be asked to promote further democratization policies, such as the release of all the political criminals, on the 1st of the next month. She would also confer with Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi in the biggest city Yangon on the 2nd, evaluating the present political power that she would enquire directly. It was seen as having the idea of wishing to explore the possibility of relationship improvement in the future. It was expected that U.S.'s response to Myanmar would affect movement in other countries which were still subjecting to continuing economic sanctions. The result of a series of talks would attract attention.
This visit by the United States's Secretary of State could be seen as another indication that the American is returning back to Asian. Probably China would respond to this visit shortly.