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Myanmar Crisis

Japan, China, Thai envoys diversify Myanmar diplomatic focus

Nations shift from collective path to specific goals ahead of China-ASEAN summit

From left: Myanmar's military chief Min Aung Hlaing, Japan's Yohei Sasakawa, China's Sun Guoxiang and Thailand's Don Pramudwinai (Source photos by Yuichi Nitta, EPA/Jiji and Reuters) 

BANGKOK/YANGON -- A series of high-level visits to Naypyitaw by envoys of Japan, China and Thailand reflects growing international concern about Myanmar's trajectory and the increasing use of bilateral approaches to the military regime which took power on Feb. 1.

The flurry of sudden diplomatic activity was accompanied by the release of U.S. journalist Danny Fenster from a Yangon prison on Monday. The journalist, a managing editor at local news outlet "Frontier Myanmar," was arrested in May and sentenced to 11 years in jail by a court in military-ruled Myanmar on Friday, but boarded a flight to Doha after his release the following Monday.

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