U.S., calling it ‘Burma’ again, now imposing sanctions on coup leaders in erstwhile Myanmar

U.S., calling it ‘Burma’ again, now imposing sanctions on coup leaders in erstwhile Myanmar
Myanmar armed forces chief Min Aung Hlaing, now in charge of Myanmar. Sky News video, YouTube

[Ed. – As I understood it, Aung San Suu Kyi was cool with the “Myanmar” revamp when she made her comeback during the Obama administration.  Previously, the U.S. refused to use that new name because it was bestowed by the earlier military junta.  Having called it Myanmar for a while, it looks like we’re back to Burma.  The State Department has used the term since the recent coup.  China will have a field day inside Burma, on the quiet, but other regional nations may be a degree less uneasy if they feel that the military junta is driving a hard bargain with Beijing.]

The Biden State Department has spoken repeatedly in recent weeks about the high priority it’s giving to consultation with “allies and partners” around the world and the need for coordinated action, but on one of the most pressing foreign policy issues of the day, there is little sign the U.S. and its closest allies are acting in concert, beyond the issuing of joint statements.

In responding to the coup in Burma, the U.S., acting virtually alone, has announced economic sanctions against the military. Regional allies, however, are nowhere near that kind of response. Thailand, a U.S. treaty ally which shares a long border with Burma, says the coup is its neighbor’s internal affair, while the Philippines, also a treaty ally, is taking a similar approach.

Other Southeast Asian partners are generally calling for restraint and discussions between the parties.

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