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Obama urges Myanmar to return to the path of democracy
Obama urges Myanmar to return to the path of democracy

Invoking the United States' own messy path to democracy, President Obama urged leaders here Thursday to right a young democracy veering off course and taking with it a once-touted U.S. foreign policy success in Asia. Faltering government reforms and raging violence against ethnic minorities have led Obama and U.S. officials to downgrade their praise for Myanmar, which recently began to emerge from years of totalitarian rule and was quickly embraced by the Obama administration. In 2012, Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit here. But on his second trip, pegged to a regional summit this week, he found himself in the awkward position of condemning human rights...

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