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Myanmar coup reveals Asia's new democratic divide

US must balance democracy promotion against regional aversion to finger-wagging

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Riot police stand guard as protesters approach a barricade in Yangonon Feb. 7: the deck was stacked against Myanmar from the start.   © Getty Images

James Crabtree is an associate professor in practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is author of "The Billionaire Raj."

Myanmar's return to the military rule makes it look as if democracy in Asia is hitting the skids. Juntas now rule once again in Naypyitaw and Bangkok. Democratic backsliding and creeping illiberalism seem to be on the march everywhere from Manila to New Delhi.

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