Tony Waters argues that Erin Murphy’s book, “Burmese Haze: US Policy and Myanmar’s Opening — and Closing”, fails to address the murky side of US involvement.
Both ASEAN and the UN have come under fire from activists and rights groups for failing to do enough to resolve Myanmar’s post-coup political crisis.
India is threatened with being encircled by a network of China-controlled ports and Beijing’s increasingly powerful navy.
The Blood Money Campaign has sent an open letter to Washington saying sanctions on oil and gas would halve junta revenues.
The Karen National Union is accused of being willing to swap drugs for weapons, despite having no history of narcotics trafficking.
The regime’s failure to honor the ASEAN peace plan agreed last year means that the junta will continue not to be invited to meetings of the regional bloc.
US State Department stated its ‘deep appreciation’ for the NUG’s leadership in the face of the military regime’s ongoing oppression and violence.
Huge new US Consulate General in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai gives Washington an intelligence base close to both China and Myanmar.
Arrival of high-ranking officials from China, Japan and Thailand shows junta wants to prevent further diplomatic isolation.
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 four-nation alliance includes India and Japan, who maintain good relationships with both the Myanmar military and the NLD.