Sign up | Log in



Home  >>   Daily News  >>   Myanmar News  >>   Politics  >>   Myanmar needs to reform more, says Clinton
NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs     11-12 November  2011

Myanmar needs to reform more, says Clinton

Myanmar is making real progress toward reforms but much more needs to be done, including the release of political prisoners, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on 11November 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii on the eve of the APEC summit.

A recent visit by senior U.S. diplomats found "real changes taking place on the ground," Clinton said on the sidelines of an annual Pacific Rim summit.
"It appears there are real changes taking place on the ground and we support these early efforts at reform," she told reporters. "We want to see the people of Burma able to participate fully in the political life of their own country."

Clinton said the U.S. would continue to call for release of all political prisoners, an end to conflict in minority areas and greater transparency regarding Myanmar's relations with North Korea.

At stake are political and economic sanctions the U.S. and other Western countries imposed against the junta that had ruled Myanmar until handing over power to the current elected military-backed government in March this year.

Those sanctions were imposed for the failure of Myanmar's rulers to hand over power and its poor human rights record. But the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama has sought to engage the government, shifting away from the previous policy of shunning it.

The U.S. could gradually ease its sanctions against Myanmar and allow aid from multilateral lending institutions such as the World Bank, over which it has exercised a veto.

Among the changes Washington wants to see in Myanmar is the inclusion of the National League for Democracy, led by democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, into the political system. Suu Kyi's party overwhelmingly won a 1990 general election, but the army refused to hand over power, instead repressing Suu Kyi and other activists.

The junta that previously ruled Myanmar enacted a constitution and other laws with provisions aimed at limiting Suu Kyi's political activities, fearing her influence.

U.S. special envoy to Myanmar Derek Mitchell told reporters in Yangon on Friday that the government has taken positive steps and that the U.S. side is thinking of how to actively support those reforms.

Reach Southeast Asia!
10- Nations, 560- Million Consumers
And $1 -Trillion Market
We are the Voice of Southeast Asia Media Kit
The only Media Dedicated to Southeast Asia Advertising Rates for Magazine
  Online Ad Rates

Comment on this Article. Send them to

Letters that do not contain full contact information cannot be published.
Letters become the property of AseanAffairs and may be republished in any format.
They typically run 150 words or less and may be edited
submit your comment in the box below




1.  Verifier

1. Verifier

For security purposes, we ask that you enter the security code that is shown in the graphic. Please enter the code exactly as it is shown in the graphic.
Your Code
Enter Code

Today's  Stories    11-12 November  2011 Subsribe Now !
  • Indonesian industry galloping ahead of economy Subcribe: Asean Affairs Global Magazine
  • Fears of MNC’s dominating an integrated Asean   market Asean Affairs Premium


• “No Elections in Malaysia in 2011”, PM Najib  

Research Reports
on Thailand 2007-2008

•Textiles and Garments Industry

•Coffee industry

•Leather and footwear industry

•Shrimp industry


• US$ 485 million Asean Infrastructure Fund to start in 2012  

• US$ 77.2 billion flood rehabilitation plan for Thailand   

• Thai-Cambodia trade ties normal 


• New Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge to foster closer ties 

• ‘Philippines, Asia’s worst place for doing business’, WB Report

• ‘US$1.2 B software park project revoked in Vietnam metro

• ‘Myanmar needs to reform more, says Clinton 

Asean Analysis              9 November  2011

Advertise Your Brand
• Asean Analysis-November 9 Sponsor Our Events

Asean Stock Watch      10 November   2011

• Asean Stock Watch-November 10 p

ASEAN NEWS UPDATES      Updated: 04 January 2011

 • Women Shariah scholars see gender gap closing
• Bank Indonesia may hold key rate as inflation hits 7 percent

• Bursa Malaysia to revamp business rules
• Private property prices hit new high in Singapore • Bangkok moves on mass transport
• Thai retailers are upbeat
• Rice exports likely to decline • Vietnamese PM projects 10-year socioeconomic plan


This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More


Home | About Us | Contact Us | Special Feature | Features | News | Magazine | Events | TV | Press Release | Advertise With us

| Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy  | DISCLAIMER |

Version 5.0
Copyright © 2006-2020 TIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Bangkok, Thailand