19 Nov '11, 1am

Clinton to test Myanmar on political, economic reform

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday her trip to Myanmar is to find out whether the military-backed leadership there is committed to both political and economic reform. "One of the reasons that I'm going is to test what the true intentions are and whether there is a commitment to both economic and political reform," Clinton said in an interview with CNN television. Her historic visit to Myanmar, announced by President Barack Obama, follows several visits made by US special envoy Derek Mitchell as well as conversations Clinton and Obama have had with Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi. "And there certainly does seem to be an opening," Clinton said during the interview with the US network on the Indonesian island of Bali, the venue for a regional summit she and Obama are to attend. "Now how real it is, how far it goes, we're going to have to m...

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