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Despite US visit, Myanmar’s transformation is far from complete

In a cruel twist of irony, the freedom of expression born of the Burmese government’s reforms has in turn unleashed a wave of racism against ethnic minorities

By Todd Pitman  /  AP, YANGON, Myanmar

Washington’s decision to suspend sanctions this year has also dramatically diminished its leverage here, said Aung Din of the Washington-based US Campaign for Burma, which called on the US president to cancel his visit.

“The risk, without political and economic pressure, is that we will not see the process of democratic change moving forward,” he said.

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