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Tillerson’s Myanmar visit shows Trump’s renewed interest in South-East Asia

As part of his six-nation trip to Asia, US secretary of state Rex Tillerson will visit Myanmar on November 15. The main focus of Tillerson’s meeting with senior government leaders will be on issues concerning the Rohingya crisis.

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Turning A Blind Eye

Since 1988, Myanmar has enjoyed close political, diplomatic and security relations with China. Throughout the 1990s and up to this day both countries have strong economic terms as well.

‘Aung San Suu Kyi is no longer a peace campaigner … it is cowardice and moral bankruptcy on Rohingyas’

India is facing growing pressure from international humanitarian groups for its hardline position on Rohingya refugees fleeing a crackdown on them by Myanmar’s military. Azeem Ibrahim, research professor at Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, is author of ‘The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide’.

An Unbecoming Compromise

It was inevitable that once Aung San Suu Kyibecame Burma’s ruler and was no longer just a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who had spent 15 years under arrest, she would fall from the pedestal on which she had been placed. But her collapse is more dramatic than anyone could have envisaged.

Talking With Tehran

Last month, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani resumed the second term of his presidency. The new Rouhani team, however, suffers from a lack of novelty since more than half the members of the previous cabinet, including the key minister of foreign affairs, have been retained.

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