Arrival of high-ranking officials from China, Japan and Thailand shows junta wants to prevent further diplomatic isolation.
Coming on the heels of the general’s humiliating ASEAN snub, the ex-US diplomat’s visit gave Min Aung Hlaing’s internal propaganda campaign a timely shot in the arm.
Positive political outcomes are unlikely from the ex-US diplomat’s meeting with Min Aung Hlaing.
The ex-US diplomat’s friendship with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi soured in 2018, but he is one of the few figures with ties on both the military and democratic sides in Myanmar.
The onetime friend of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is due to arrive Monday; he will reportedly meet with the regime’s health and foreign ministers to discuss COVID vaccines.