Democratic Myanmar Moves to Deepen Its Ties With ASEAN

Myanmar's foreign minister and state counselor, Aung San Suu Kyi, with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha during a ceremony, Bangkok, Thailand, June 24, 2016 (AP photo by Jorge Silva).
Myanmar's foreign minister and state counselor, Aung San Suu Kyi, with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha during a ceremony, Bangkok, Thailand, June 24, 2016 (AP photo by Jorge Silva).
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Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, was in Thailand in late June for talks with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on developing economic ties and cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In an email interview, Mely Caballero-Anthony, an associate professor the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, discusses Myanmar’s relations with its ASEAN neighbors. WPR: What efforts has Myanmar taken since its political opening to build ties with its ASEAN neighbors, and how effective has its outreach been? Mely Caballero-Anthony: One of Myanmar’s most significant achievements since the start of its political reforms […]

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