Also this week, the junta sent mixed messages to PDF members and a US diplomat delivered a scathing assessment of the regime’s failed efforts to control the country.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Jakarta, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur with State Department Counselor Derek Chollet, who will also visit ASEAN chair Cambodia.
The State Department described the bombardment of Thantlang and destruction of homes and churches as ‘abhorrent’ and called for the regime to be held accountable.
The city state has become a preferred location for military-linked companies and individuals to park their assets.
The crisis in the country has been the main item on the agenda during a tour of the region by a State Department delegation led by Derek Chollet.