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Dec 2, 2011

Clinton offers Myanmar first rewards for reform

YANGON (Reuters) – The United States will support more aid for Myanmar and consider installing an ambassador after an absence of some two decades, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday, offering the first rewards for reform.

Clinton said she had “candid, productive” conversations with President Thein Sein and other Myanmar ministers and told them Washington stood ready to support further reforms and possibly lift sanctions.

Dec 1, 2011

Security goes barefoot with Clinton in Myanmar

YANGON (Reuters) – U.S. security went barefoot on Thursday as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton toured one of Myanmar’s most revered shrines, a towering golden pagoda that is the symbol of a country seeking fresh rapprochement with the West.

Clinton arrived at the Shwedagon Pagoda shortly after arriving in Myanmar’s main commercial city, Yangon, and took off her shoes to follow respectful Buddhist tradition at a site rich with religious and patriotic significance for the country also known as Burma.

Dec 1, 2011

U.S. wants Myanmar to deepen changes, halt ties with North Korea

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began her first substantive talks with Myanmar’s new leaders on Thursday in a meeting Washington hopes will embolden reformers in the reclusive country where entrenched military interests still loom large.

Clinton, whose landmark visit to the country also known as Burma marks a tentative rapprochement after more than 50 years of estrangement with the West, began a series of meetings with President Thein Sein, Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin and top officials from parliament in Naypyitaw, Myanmar’s new capital.

Dec 1, 2011

U.S. wants Myanmar to deepen changes

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began her first substantive talks with Myanmar’s new leaders on Thursday in a meeting Washington hopes will embolden reformers in the reclusive country where entrenched military interests still loom large.

Clinton, whose landmark visit to the country also known as Burma marks a tentative rapprochement after more than 50 years of estrangement with the West, began a series of meetings with President Thein Sein, Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin and top officials from parliament in Naypyitaw, Myanmar’s new capital.

Dec 1, 2011

Clinton to test reform zeal of Myanmar’s new leaders

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets Myanmar’s new leaders on Thursday to test their commitment to democratic reform and to urge them to sever illicit contacts with North Korea.

Just hours after Clinton arrived in Myanmar late on Wednesday, pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said she was ready to gamble that the recent reforms represent a genuine transition to democracy after decades of false dawns.

Nov 30, 2011

Clinton in Myanmar to urge reform, end to illicit N.Korea contact

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Myanmar in more than 50 years on Wednesday, launching an historic mission to press the reclusive country’s new leaders to sever illicit contacts with North Korea and deliver on reforms.

Clinton’s blue-and-white official plane touched down at the airport in Naypyitaw, the remote new capital of the country formerly known as Burma, starting a three-day visit which will see her meet the new military-backed civilian leadership and hold discussions with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Nov 30, 2011

Clinton in Myanmar to urge reform

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Myanmar in more than 50 years on Wednesday, launching an historic mission to press the reclusive country’s new leaders to sever illicit contacts with North Korea and deliver on reforms.

Clinton’s blue-and-white official plane touched down at the airport in Naypyitaw, the remote new capital of the country formerly known as Burma, starting a three-day visit which will see her meet the new military-backed civilian leadership and hold discussions with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Nov 30, 2011

Clinton says “quite hopeful” on Myanmar change

BUSAN, South Korea (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed cautious optimism on Wednesday that tentative democratic reforms in Myanmar could develop into a movement for change to the benefit of the people of the country.

Clinton is due to arrive in Myanmar later on Wednesday on a high-stakes visit that could mark the resource-rich Asian nation’s return to the world stage after more than 50 years of political isolation.

Nov 30, 2011

Clinton tells developing world to be wary of donors eyeing resources

BUSAN, South Korea (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged developing nations on Wednesday to be “smart shoppers” on foreign aid, warning that powerful emerging economies such as China may be more interested in exploiting natural resources than promoting real development.

Clinton delivered the warning to a global summit on development and aid held in South Korea, where both traditional rich nation donors, cash-rich middle income countries, non-governmental organizations and private sector groups have gathered to discuss the future of the global aid effort.

Nov 30, 2011

Clinton tells developing world to be wary of donors

BUSAN, South Korea (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged developing nations on Wednesday to be “smart shoppers” on foreign aid, warning that powerful emerging economies such as China may be more interested in exploiting natural resources than promoting real development.

Clinton delivered the warning to a global summit on development and aid held in South Korea, where both traditional rich nation donors, cash-rich middle income countries, non-governmental organizations and private sector groups have gathered to discuss the future of the global aid effort.