President Barack Obama gathered with leaders from Southeast Asia on Monday to strengthen trade ties and form a common stance over the South China Sea in a summit that the White House hopes will solidify U.S. influence in the region.
The international community has heralded the historic elections in Burma as a victory for the people.
Observers from the European Union’s Election Observation Mission on Tuesday refused to call the Burma’s national poll “truly genuine” given the fact that the military commands an automatic 25 percent of seats without being elected, as well as the mass disenfranchisement of Muslim candidates and Rohingya voters.
The U.S. has decided to keep Thailand on its list of worst human trafficking centres for another year, despite government efforts to stop the trade.
Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said boycotting an upcoming historic election was an “option” if a military-drafted constitution that bars her from becoming president remains unchanged.
DVB Interview International’s Alex Bookbinder sits down with Burma chief Abdoulaye Seck, to discuss how the World Bank has progressed since its 2012 reengagement with the Burmese government.
Obama and Suu Kyi were each circumspect on the state of Burma’s democratic transition as they met in Rangoon on Friday.
Obama held one on one talks with his Burmese counterpart Thein Sein on Thursday in Naypyidaw.