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The grand military parade to mark Myanmar's 78th Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, the capital, on March 27 was attended by representatives of only ten nations. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)
Asia Insight

Myanmar military's might fails to crush decades-old resistance

Armed forces face no external threats, accused of widespread atrocities at home

DOMINIC FAULDER, Nikkei Asia associate editor | Myanmar

BANGKOK -- On a massive parade ground in Naypyitaw overlooked by three giant statues of mythologized kings, troops marched alongside modern military hardware before Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing and his top commanders in the Tatmadaw, as Myanmar's military services are collectively known.

Monday marked the 78th annual Armed Forces Day, when the country commemorates Burmese resistance to Japanese occupiers who in 1942 had pushed British colonial forces to the Indian border.

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