Hilary Clinton is due to visit Burma following a surprising warming of relations between the west and a weird dictatorship.

No one seems to know what sparked this change but it is most welcome. My memories of travel there (1994) are good. A beautiful and patient people enduring hardship in a country surrounded by growing economies.

For a long time it seemed that Burma was only interested in its big brother, China. But recent development have changed that. It seems comparable to the time in the early 1990’s when South Africa realised that its isolationist siege mentality no longer worked. That led to the release of Nelson Mandela and democratic elections for all. I hope something similar is afoot.

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