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Myanmar crisis: How should other countries respond?

Before widening sanctions, consider the impact and other realities on the ground.

A man removes a National League for Democracy flag outside his shop, due to fear of the authorities, at a market in Yangon on Feb 3, 2021. PHOTO: NYTIMES
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The military intervention in Myanmar this week is leading many outsiders to consider an appropriate response. The new Biden administration in the United States and the European Union (EU) are evaluating economic sanctions. In contrast, others including neighbouring China, Thailand and Cambodia consider this to be a domestic matter to be left to Myanmar.

Certainly, the main factors are domestic. The sweep of the 2020 elections by Ms Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League of Democracy (NLD) triggered the military response. Underlying this is distrust and the lack of communication and compromise.

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