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Topic - Burma
total perimeter, 1930 kilometres (1,199 mi), forms an uninterrupted coastline. It is the second largest country by geographical area in Southeast Asia. - Source: Wikipedia
The Senate on Thursday approved legislation to extend some sanctions on Myanmar by another year.
It's one of the last unexplored frontiers for American business, but the opening of the once-sealed economy of Myanmar as the country's military makes democratic reforms has both peril and promise for U.S. companies looking to invest there.
The rare Washington consensus behind the Obama administration's policy toward Myanmar is showing signs of cracks as American businesses grow impatient to invest there and human rights groups push back.
Twenty-four years ago, Aung San Suu Kyi left Europe for what was then a military-controlled nation called Burma. She returns Wednesday as the icon of Myanmar's democracy movement to a Europe eager to hear from her whether the country's recent reforms truly spell the end of its cruel dictatorship.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joined in celebrating the nation's top artists receiving the Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday while home for less than 36 hours between diplomatic travels.
Seizing an opportunity for historic progress in repressive Myanmar, President Barack Obama is dispatching Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the long-isolated nation next month in an attempt to accelerate fledgling reforms.
Myanmar's military-backed government must release all political prisoners and stop violating the rights of ethnic minorities before it can expect normal relations with the United States, a top Obama administration official said Monday.
China's frenzied dam-building at home and abroad is emerging as a flash point in interstate and intrastate relations in Asia. The latest case is Burma's decision to suspend work on a controversial Chinese-funded dam that has become a symbol of China's resource greed and a trigger for renewed ethnic insurgency in northern Myanmar areas.
Government troops in Myanmar have attacked one of the country's powerful northern militias with artillery, trying to force rebel fighters from a strategic region where China is building major hydropower plants.
Every spring, Forbes publishes its ranking of the richest men and women on the planet. One person you won't see on the list is Burmese business tycoon Tay Za. The charismatic Tay Za is chief executive of the Htoo Group of Companies, a business empire founded during Burma's era of democratic rule that spans logging, gems and jade, palm oil, construction, hotels and tourism, mobile-phone services, an airline and more. At 46, he is widely believed to be Burma's first billionaire.
With the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from prolonged house detention, it's time for the United States and its European partners to moderate their sanctions policy against Burma so as to create incentives for greater political openness and to insulate ordinary Burmese from the rigors of the penal actions.
Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi said Thursday that her recent release from seven years of detention did not signal a softening in the military's harsh, decades-long rule of the Southeast Asian nation.
Freed after seven years of house arrest, Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Sunday she will investigate "many allegations of vote-rigging" in last week's election, but offered to talk with the ruling military junta and consider the effects of U.S.-led economic sanctions.