Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar meets with Xi Jinping in Beijing

(From the New York Times)

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace laureate who leads Myanmar’s opposition, met with President Xi Jinping on Thursday, the second day of her visit to China — a trip that appears likely to underscore her transformation from a global icon of democracy to a politician with ambitions to form her country’s next government….

…Though she has traveled around the world since her release from house arrest in 2010, this is Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi’s first visit to neighboring China, which had a close relationship with the military junta that imprisoned her for the better part of two decades. Despite that history — and the fact that a fellow Nobel Peace laureate, the writer Liu Xiaobo, is serving an 11-year prison sentence in China for advocating the same democratic principles that Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi has championed — Mr. Nyan Win said she was not expected to chide the Communist Party on its human rights record….” Read more

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