SIEM REAP, Cambodia — Two days after President Obama formally lifted prohibitionson U.S. investment in Burma, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Burmese President Thein Sein, marking another step in the administration’s rapid normalization of relations with the formerly isolated country.
Friday’s meeting came as Clinton was in Cambodia leading a delegation of more than 70 U.S. business leaders to a conference on U.S. investment in Southeast Asia — and where she announced new initiatives aimed at strengthening economic ties with a region that represents a market of 580 million people. The delegation, which includes representatives from Google, General Electric and FedEx, is heading to the Burmese capital this weekend.
While I find 1. obviously partial (biased) write-ups on current Burma’s (cycle of) sectarian violence 2. Or only finding longish (and lacking clarity) reports -
I don’t think the world has Burma 1 and Burma 2.
And yes Clinton and delegation is in the region now.
- “Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch (HRW), said the group “would expect a strong international response” to any attempt to deport the Rohingya. HRW staff who recently returned from Arakan state said that while both Rohingya and Arakanese were complicit in “terrible violence” during the June rioting, the subsequent mass arrests “focused on Rohingya”. Burma ‘creating humanitarian crisis’ with displacement camps in Arakan (Guardian UK)