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Was it a surprise that authorities in Myanmar decided to renew Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest? No. Nor was it a surprise that the terms of her extended sentence prevent her from playing an active role in next year’s election.
What is a surprise is that the ruling junta didn’t exercise their option to send the pro-democracy leader to jail for five years. So, are we seeing a softening of their stance – a sign from the government that they are susceptible to international pressure and pressure from those inside Myanmar who support the democratic opposition?
The case of Nobel Peace Prize laureate has attracted the predictable reaction from European leaders who were quick to criticize the verdict. No such chorus of condemnation from the likes of China, India and Thailand, Myanmar’s neighbours, main trading partners and the countries with most leverage.
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