Travel in Burma 2015Burma Travel 2015
Barack Obama visits Myanmar, a success story that has acidified the country
Barack Obama was the first US presidential leader to pay a trip to Myanmar, the South East Asia continent formerly known as Burma, two years ago. It was a sign of trust in the liberalisation efforts of the country's army leadership, who took action to end their overall paraia by liberating Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and permitting greater inequality.
Now, in Myanmar again, Obama is hosting this year's Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting. It is part of the President's presidential peak in Asia and Australia. This is not the best time for a presidential candidate seeking a win in international politics to come to Yangon, Myanmar's foremost town.
Between Obama's first and second visit, the Myanmar administration failed to maintain the pace of liberalisation. As a result of state discriminatory treatment against Rohingya, a Moslem majority who are not granted nationality, ten thousand of them are now migrants. Things are getting more and more serious. Myanmar is home to "some of the most serious breaches of humanitarian law that can be committed" as the Rohingya's proselytio an increases draconian.
Burma attracts funds from overseas buyers wishing to engage in a South East Asia border area. Reuters said in September that the US administration is expecting more than $5 billion in FDI for the financial year ending March 2015. In the past months, a syndicate headed by Singapore's Yongnam Holdings received an order worth $1.4 billion to construct a new Yangon International Airfield.
Together with a subsidiary of the Changi Airportgroup in Singapore and the Japanese JGC, the winner syndicate will construct a new 12 million passenger per year compared to 2.7 million. Meanwhile, Myanmar's leadership is concerned that it will feel more heated from the Washington legislators, where the many opponents of the Myanmar rule in Congress are putting the Obama leadership under harsher control of Myanmar.
In a town where Republicans and Democrats can seldom reach an agreement, getting hard on Myanmar is a problem that can bring all sides together. The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific in September agreed by unanimous vote to refer the Burma Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2014, promoted by Ohio Republican Steve Chabot, to the entire Committe.