Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Burmese President as Pawn in the Global Chessboard

So why would the ruling junta of Myanmar suddenly announce that they would let the rightful president of the country, Aung San Suu Kyi, out of house arrest after 20 years?

Obama has offered Myanmar the prospect of better ties with Washington if it pursued democratic reform and freed political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi.

Of course, this could just be part of the diplomacy game the regime has been playing with the great powers for years now.

"You always see things balanced out. Say the Chinese come one month, and then the Indians comes the next, or a senior Burmese official goes to Delhi. It's just them being prudent, saying 'we don't have friends, we just have partners'."

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