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America’s Myanmar Policy Is All Wrong

China’s rapidly growing footprint in Myanmar is America’s strategic loss, and it is the direct result of America's own policies. Rather than closing the door on dialogue by imposing stringent sanctions, the United States should be co-opting Myanmar's military leaders for its own strategic benefit.

NEW DELHI – A recent joint statement by US President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi “expressed deep concern about the deteriorating situation in Myanmar,” and called for a constructive dialogue to aid the country’s transition toward an inclusive federal democratic system. Unfortunately, the US-led sanctions policy has undercut this goal and made a bad situation worse.