05/09/2016 from Turkey
- Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to visit Laos
- The aim of the visit is to help Laos as it develops from its poor state and to ensure the civillians’ safety from attacks
- This visit could be seen as a part of U.S. – ASEAN cooperation
- U.S. might be planning to help Laos develop so that the country can work on its own policies without being overshadowed by China.