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WASHINGTON — President Bush will visit Yongsan Garrison Wednesday as part of his weeklong trip to East Asia.

White House officials confirmed that both the President and First Lady will meet troops and observe a joint troop event involving American and Korean soldiers before flying to Thailand for the second leg of the trip.

The barracks visit will cap two days of official events in South Korea, according to Dennis Wilder, Senior Director for Asian Affairs for the National Security Council.

Bush plans to meet with South Korean president Lee Myung-Bak to discuss regional issues and thank him for his work to reopen beef trade between the two countries. The leaders last met in the U.S. in March.

Wilder also said the two will also discuss the ongoing U.S. military presence in South Korea, including the "impressive progress" in transformation efforts for the future.

The trip is the ninth to East Asia for Bush, who will spend the last four days in China for the Olympics.

Wilder said the Olympics visit is designed to "show respect for the American athletes and Chinese people" and not an endorsement or attempt to ignore ongoing human rights violations in China. He did not say which events the president will attend, but noted he expects to view a number of sporting events.


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