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Get on over to Myanmar

In early December, I had the chance to go back to Myanmar – my mother’s home country – for the first time in my many years. It was delightful to return and find the country finally changing. The dreadful oppression which used to exist in Yangon has lifted – a combination of the government moving out to its new capital, Naypyidaw, and also lifting its boot from the country’s neck. Foreign visitors are now pouring into Yangon, Hillary Clinton in December, George Soros and William Hague so far in January – and it’s only the 6th. I wrote this oped which appeared in the FT today, and will have another, longer piece in the Chatham House magazine The World Today next month.

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