By: Sai Wansai
Wednesday, 03 October 2012
During the last two weeks, it seems as though Burma’s political epicentre has moved to the U.S., particularly around New York and Washington D.C., with big names like Aung San Suu Kyi, President Thein Sein and Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) leader Hkun Htun Oo descending on U.S. soil one after another. While Suu Kyi and Hkun Htun Oo were actually there to receive awards, the President’s purpose was, first and foremost to deliver speech at the U.N. General Assembly in New York, and as a presidential spokesman puts it, to make use of the golden opportunity of branding and marketing Burma. Of course, Suu Kyi was also tasked with the lobbying for removal of sanctions, whereas the President’s job was to sell his domestic reform program to the international community. Apart from that, all three were engaged in building awareness of the current internal situation, each on its own outlook, in relation to the unfolding political scenarios within Burma.