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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar military exploits global rifts to deflect Western pressure

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Police march during a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of Myanmar's independence on Jan. 4. Thousands of civilians have died as the military government cracks down on opponents.   © AP

BANGKOK -- Nearly two years into its takeover, Myanmar's military has managed to achieve a degree of stability in the economy and find friendly faces on the international stage despite Western sanctions.

The U.S. and Europe had hoped that economic and diplomatic pressure would force concessions out of the Myanmar military. Instead, it has exploited global divides, leaving no clear path for an end to its rule.

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