Ex-Brigadier General Ohn Thwin, a vocal junta supporter and former ambassador to several countries, is the most senior junta figure to be assassinated in nearly a year.
Berlin condemned the recent executions of four activists and called on Myanmar to reinstate a moratorium on use of the death penalty "and end violence and repression".
Also this week, the regime’s diplomatic spat with the UK escalated and Min Aung Hlaing resorted to old clichés about ‘foreign interference’
The answer is simple: Min Aung Hlaing is afraid.
Daniel Kritenbrink will discuss ways to pressure the junta, and try to counter China’s growing influence, during his trips to Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
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.
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.