» 12/02/2011, 00.00
MYANMAR – UNITED STATES
Aung San Suu Kyi and Hillary Clinton together for Myanmar’s “new future”
After a private dinner last night, Myanmar’s opposition leader and US Secretary of State hold face-to-face meeting. For the Nobel Prize laureate, her country can get “on the road to democracy” and that “there will be no turning back”. Meanwhile, Burmese military and Shan militias announce ceasefire.
Yangon (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Myanmar can get “on the road to democracy,” said Aung San Suu Kyi after she met US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “I am very confident that if we work together [. . .] there will be no turning back from the road to democracy,” she added. Ms Clinton described what she discussed with Burmese President Thein Sein (see “Clinton in Naypyidaw opens “new chapter” in US-Myanmar relations
,” in AsiaNews
, 1 December 2011), and reiterated US support for the Nobel Prize laureate’s fight for democracy.
This morning the Burmese government and Shan militias signed a ceasefire deal in Taungyi, possibly bringing to an end decades of conflict. Tensions persist instead in the northern state of Kachin. Peace between the central government and the country’s ethnic minorities is one of the requirements, along with the release of political prisoners, the United States set for lifting sanctions against Myanmar.
Aung San Suu Kyi met Hillary Clinton today at her home in Yangon, on Lake Inya, where she spent 15 of the past 21 years under house arrest until her release in November 2010 after she purged sentence.
The leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) believes that her country has a “new future” and counts on Washington’ support to pursue democratic reforms. However, a lot remains to be done after decades of iron-fisted military dictatorship.
The US Secretary of State, the highest ranking US official to visit Myanmar in more than 50 years, pledged the cooperation of US government and the support of US President Barack Obama who wrote a letter to Ms Suu Kyi, which Ms Clinton handed over in person.
At the end of her three-day visit, Secretary Clinton proposed US$ 1.2 million in aid to support Burmese civil society and reform. The money would go for micro-credit, health care and mine victims.
Today’s meeting follows last night’s dinner between Aung San Suu Kyi and Hillary Clinton at the US diplomatic mission in Yangon.
In her talks with President Thein Sein, Ms Clinton called on Myanmar to go further and take more incisive steps as a condition for lifting sanctions and reopening the US Embassy. For his part, President Obama called for a “new phase” in US-Myanmar relations.
01/12/2011 MYANMAR – STATI UNITI
Clinton in Naypyidaw opens “new chapter” in US-Myanmar relations
US secretary makes historic visit to the country formerly known as Burma, the first since 1955 by a top US official. Talks focus on sanctions, political prisons and ethnic conflicts. The archbishop of Yangon urges the government to implement “lasting reforms” Beijing expresses concerns over the visit. However, Naypyidaw receives Belarus PM Mikhail Myasnikovich with greater pomp and ceremony.
19/11/2012 THAILAND - MYANMAR - USA
Obama and Clinton in Southeast Asia, to balance Beijing's power in the region
Yesterday the U.S. president met the leaders of the Thai monarchy and the Prime Minister Shinawatra. Economy, education, bilateral cooperation and development are the issues at the center of the talks. Today the historic visit of the U.S. head of State in Myanmar, where he will meet Thein Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi. Followed by the Asean summit in Cambodia.
13/10/2010 MYANMAR – THAILAND
Aung San Suu Kyi will not vote in military’s election “farce”
Following her own party’s dissolution, the Nobel Peace Prize winner decides not to vote for any other party. If she did vote, she would be violating the military’s own law, which bans convicts from voting. Thai PM Abhisit meets junta leaders, discusses trade and border controls.
21/05/2013 UNITED STATES - MYANMAR
As Obama welcomes Myanmar president, praises his reforms, human rights activists criticise him
Thein Sein makes an historic visit to the United States, the first Burmese head of state in 50 years to step on the White House lawn. The US president praised his "genuine efforts", but at the same time calls for the protection of minorities, particularly the Rohingya. His Myanmar counterpart says he is committed a "new national identity" that does not distinguish between ethnic and religious groups.
30/04/2012 MYANMAR - UNITED NATIONS
Ban Ki-moon at Burmese Parliament: Suu Kyi and Thein Sein "united" for democracy
The UN Secretary-General makes first historic speech before the Assembly. He praises the courage and the foresight of the leaders of government and opposition, the protagonists of change in the country. And an invitation to continue in the future. The Nobel Laureate dissolves the controversy over the oath, which will be taken soon "for the will of the people."
VATICAN - USA
Pope to Trump: America’s greatness is measured by its attention to the poor
Pope Francis exalts the "rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people” and the nation’s “commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide ". Concerns " for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door ". The oath Trump preceded by various prayers of Catholic, Protestant, Jewish Representatives. The slogan "America first" will guide political choices. String criticism of the establishment. China’s caution and the enthusiasm of the president of Taiwan.
CHINA - UNITED STATES
The Trump era begins: The China-US relationship and the risk of war
As the inauguration ceremony of the Trump presidency approaches, the Propaganda Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party has banned all journalists from “unauthorized criticism" of Trump’ words and deeds. According to the great dissident Wei Jingsheng there is a chance that Trump will force China into fair trade deals, possibly leading to political and legal reforms. A trade war is an option.
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