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Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to the Nikkei Asian Review in Naypyitaw on Sept. 20. (Photo by Shinya Sawai)

In her own words: Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to the Nikkei Asian Review

Myanmar's leader discusses Rakhine, the economy and international relations

GWEN ROBINSON, Chief editor | Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos

Amid an international outcry over the escalating refugee crisis in western Myanmar and neighboring Bangladesh, the country's de facto leader and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi spoke to the Nikkei Asian Review on Sept. 21 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the capital, Napyitaw. In a rare interview, she discussed topics including the Rakhine crisis, economic priorities and Myanmar's international relations. Below is an edited transcript of the 50-minute interview.

Q: How do you respond to international criticism of your leadership, and what has been the most surprising development?

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