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Rohingya backlash pushes Suu Kyi toward Beijing

Myanmar leader set to visit China amid swirl of Western condemnation

YANGON -- Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will travel to China to discuss the Rohingya refugee crisis amid growing international criticism, signaling to the West that Naypyitaw is tilting toward Beijing in favor of its hands-off approach.

Myanmar's state counselor will take part in meetings beginning Thursday of political party leaders from around the world, hosted by the Chinese Communist Party, her office said Monday. Though no detailed itinerary was released, Suu Kyi will depart Thursday and stay until Saturday, according to a government source familiar with the plans. This will mark her third trip to China since her government formed in March 2016.

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