Are Myanmar and Burma the same CountryIs Myanmar and Burma the same country?
Was it Burma or Myanmar?
South-east Asia's response to what you should call it will depend on who you ask. Everybody can accept that it was Burma until 1989 when the army jungle passed the amendment of the Expression Law. The ordered Anglophone translation changes the geographical location, which includes Burma, which becomes Myanmar and the capitol Rangoon becomes Yangon.
But not all countries recognise the country's present army command, not everyone recognises the name shift. They use Myanmar by failing to comply with the country's rulers' nomenclatures, but the United States and the United Kingdom do not recognise the regime and therefore still call the country Burma.
The use of Burma may therefore indicate non-recognition of the Burmese army, the use of Myanmar may indicate an aversion to the Burmese people, who have named the country Burma, and the exchangeable use of either cannot imply any particular preferences. Burma will often be used by Burmese press organisations because their readership or audiences will be better aware of it and towns like Rangoon, but not so readily aware of the junta's cipher.
As Aung San Suu Kyi puts it: "You can call my country Myanmar or Burma.
Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi has made it clear to international officials whether they call her country Myanmar or its old name Burma. Mrs Suu Kyi set out her views in a address to the International Mission. In fact, she is the head of state in the office of State Councillor established for this purpose, but she is also Secretary of State.
Democratic followers in Burma were protesting when the then governing army re-named the country Myanmar in 1989. On the other hand, the army was confused when campaigners and their followers abroad - among them many West German government - persisted in keeping the old name. In explaining her politics of friendliness and reciprocity to embassies, she stopped to ask what name to use for her country "because there are some members of the Diplomacy Committee who do not know exactly what they should use".
"It' s up to you, because there is nothing in the state of our country that says you have to use a particular term," she said. "Because I' m used to using Burma very often. "I will try to say Myanmar from now and then to make you all happy," she said to her heartily entertained people.
Genials withdrew the name of the country as a nationalist act, rejecting the name passed down from the colonies of Britain. This was an issue that was mainly battled on the global scene, as the country's name has stayed the same in the local tongue and the UK version, Burma and Myanmar, both derived from the same Myanmar name.
Suu Kyi is the country's most beloved proponent, but could not become her country's leader because of a provision in the army's constitutional treaty that prevents anyone with a non-native partner or kid from taking the post. Both of her children are Britons, as is her deceased husbands.