In US, Suu Kyi supports end to Myanmar sanctions
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi backed the lifting of sanctions on Myanmar on Tuesday and reassured China her landmark visit to the United States (US) was not aimed at containing Beijing's influence.
The Nobel peace laureate, who spent 15 years under house arrest, thanked the US for its years of support but, as she received the first of many accolades on her tour, said that Myanmar must build democracy itself.
"I do not think that we need to cling onto sanctions unnecessarily because I want our people to be responsible for their own destiny and not to depend too much on external props," Ms Suu Kyi said in her trip's first major appearance.
"In the end, we have to build our own democracy," she said in a speech in which she appeared careful not to annoy leaders who have initiated reforms.