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Myanmar Crisis

On Myanmar, Biden has multilateral ambitions but little leverage

Congress skeptical that Japan and Singapore will join sanctions

U.S. President Joe Biden boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, on Feb. 5. The American leader has promised to coordinate foreign policy with international partners. (Photo courtesy of the White House)

WASHINGTON/TOKYO -- On Feb. 10, the day U.S. President Joe Biden announced sanctions on Myanmar's military leaders, a senior State Department official briefed bipartisan members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the situation in the Southeast Asian country.

While lawmakers expressed strong support for condemning the coup and returning Myanmar to democratic control, they also recognized that Washington has little direct leverage to persuade the junta to change course.

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