Also this week, the regime boss continued his preoccupations with pagoda rituals and disparaging the democratically elected government he overthrew.
Also this week, Cambodia’s PM jumped the gun, diplomats snubbed the junta foreign minister, a loyal officer was promoted and a flag relay was held amid a COVID surge.
The Myanmar people have shown that they are committed to the NUG’s Federal Democratic Charter and the end of military dictatorship.
Inviting some nations and shunning others creates division and gives ammunition to China and Russia; the US should focus on backing democratic youth movements worldwide.
Intensive, Chinese-backed banana farming in Myanmar and Laos has resulted in human rights abuses and environmental damage.
Unlike the Soviet Union, the Chinese are likely to put up a real fight.
This week a year ago, the UEC officially announced a landslide win for the NLD in the general election, with local and foreign monitors ruling the vote free and fair.
The bloc’s ‘too little, too late’ response to Myanmar’s crisis is emblematic of a wider inability to deal effectively with challenges from COVID to the China-US rivalry.