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Burma’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Theresa May agreed that Britain must remain an outward-facing country in the aftermath of Brexit during a Downing Street meeting.

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As State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi prepares to go to Washington this week for a highly anticipated visit, members of the ethnic Kachin diaspora are highlighting the ongoing conflict in Burma’s north to call for continued sanctions against the country’s armed forces and businessmen close to the former military regime.

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Myanmar’s new government is making its international debut. In mid-August 2016, Beijing welcomed Aung San Suu Kyi on her first visit to China since becoming Myanmar’s state counselor and foreign minister. This followed her trips to Myanmar’s ASEAN neighbors Laos and Thailand and preceded President U Htin Kyaw’s landmark visit to India. On Sept. 14-15, Suu Kyi will travel to Washington, DC. Myanmar’s busy diplomatic calendar carries special significance after the landslide electoral victory of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in November 2015, following political reforms that dismantled Myanmar’s decades-long military rule.

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The 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits and related meetings begin today in Vientiane, Laos, with a host of regional leaders attending the events, including a Myanmar delegation led by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

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The United States is considering further easing or lifting sanctions against Burma around the time of a White House visit this month by the country’s new leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, US officials told Reuters.

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I am pleased to be here with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in her capacity as State Counsellor and new Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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Aung San Suu Kyi is playing her diplomatic cards shrewdly, choosing China as the first country outside the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to visit in her new capacity as Myanmar’s de facto leader.

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Shortly after State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi arrived back from her official visit to China, delegates of the Chinese government met separately with the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and National Democratic Alliance Army–Eastern Shan State (NDAA-ESS)—also called Mongla Army—near the China border.

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Isn’t there any likelihood of Myanmar being won over by China and exploited in the larger nation’s self-serving schemes?

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State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s comment to ethnic armed group leaders in July—that they should consider what they could “give” to, rather than “take” from, the peace process—has caused some unease among the fragmented ethnic bloc.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping told Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday China wants to ensure relations develop in the “correct direction”, as Burmese activists wrote to Xi saying they want China to address concern about a stalled dam project.

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Myanmar’s de facto leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi expects China to support historic peace talks with armed groups near the countries’ troubled joint border, she said Friday during a landmark visit overshadowed by a stalled dam project.

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Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi told China’s premier on Thursday that her new government is willing to look for a resolution that suits both countries to a suspended Chinese-funded hydropower project in northern Burma, a senior Chinese diplomat said.

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In the first Myanmar visit by an Indian minister since a democratically elected government was instated there in March, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will next week travel to Naypyidaw and meet Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Activists are prepared to resume protests against the Myitsone mega-dam development in Kachin State, amid concerns that Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to China could result in the revival of the suspended project.

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China and Myanmar are set to sign deals to build a strategic bridge near their border and two hospitals in the Southeast Asian country, a Myanmar official said on Thursday, as leader Aung San Suu Kyi meets high-level officials in Beijing.

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Aung San Suu Kyi and her NLD government faced a tough situation with China at the time of their inauguration in March. But, as she visits Beijing this week, hopes are high again in China that a redirection of Myanmar’s foreign policy could be underway and the pendulum of Myanmar’s balancing diplomacy is swinging back to the east. But many challenges lie ahead. These include resolution of the Myitsone dam impasse, repositioning political relations between the two countries, and peaceful settlement of ethnic conflicts in the Myanmar borderlands. The stakes are very high. The outcome of Aung San Suu Kyi’s meetings could well come to define Myanmar-China relations for many years to come.

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State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi left for China today at the invitation of Premier Li Keqiang.

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For State Councillor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, the upcoming visit to China (17-19 August) will be the most significant foreign trip ever for her country since the National league of Democracy took power last November. For the first time in sixty years since the U Nu government, Myanmar is now engaging with China as a democratic country.

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Myanmar’s State Counselor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi is scheduled to make a four-day visit to China from Aug. 17. Because of her de facto leadership status, Suu Kyi is likely to be received as a head of state and meet President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.

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