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When world leaders talk about 'human rights' and when they do not

When world leaders talk about 'human rights' and when they do not

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The spectacle of the ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh did more to lay bare the problems, conflicts and paradoxes of relations among the region’s wildly different and widely scattered nations than to resolve them. The fact that at least three of the leaders at this year’s ASEAN summit won’t be around […]

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Burmese regime plays 'American' card to get more concessions from 'comrade state' China

Burmese regime plays 'American' card to get more concessions from 'comrade state' China

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Burma this week could hasten the pace of reform by the nominally civilian regime under President Thein Sein. However, it is improbable that Sein and other military strongmen who control the pariah state will allow political forces led by dissidents such as Nobel prizewinner […]

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Hillary on a roll: Is Pyongyang next?

Hillary on a roll: Is Pyongyang next?

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Hillary Clinton would like nothing better than to wrap up her tour as one of America’s most successful secretaries of state than by going to North Korea and persuading North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Il to return to six-party talks in return for a serious sign of willingness to give up […]