The regime’s representatives, along with those of Russia and Belarus, have been shunned from the event, which will draw over 100 heads of state and other VIPs.
Also this week, the regime revived a failed method for reining in gold prices and—with online propaganda channels getting harder to find—unveiled a homegrown ‘YouTube’.
Vicky Bowman and Ko Htein Lin, a famous artist and former political prisoner, were arrested as the UK imposed more sanctions on military-linked companies.
Also this week, the junta saw an opportunity in Sri Lanka’s suffering, and its defense chief visited some of the monasteries in Sagaing his troops haven’t yet torched.
Pete Vowles, the senior official at the British Embassy, tweeted he is being ‘forced to leave’; departure follows spat between London, junta over status of UK envoy.
The new head of the Australian Embassy will only carry the title “chargé d’affaires” instead of ambassador.
Also this week, the regime’s diplomatic spat with the UK escalated and Min Aung Hlaing resorted to old clichés about ‘foreign interference’
A diplomatic spat that erupted after London downgraded its ambassador-designate to chargé d'affaires has seen him refused permission by the junta to return to Yangon.
The UK’s minister of state for Asia said no representatives of the military regime are welcome to attend.
British American Tobacco is the latest multinational to abandon its operations in Myanmar since the February coup.