US officials are expected to show support for democratic forces in Myanmar and tout a scaled-back trade deal for the region at the two-day ASEAN-US summit in Washington.
The UNODC continues to spread misinformation about drug production in Myanmar, while providing cover for official complicity in the narcotics trade.
The generals know well that China has the means and the will to intervene on behalf of its substantial interests in Myanmar—not to mention a long history of doing so.
Freight operators cannot make a profit while the Chinese border is closed, fuel and parts prices are rising and junta roadblocks demand bribes.
A whole new set of military, economic and social dynamics, both inside and outside the country, will make it much harder for the generals to impose their will this time.