Even U.S. diplomats say they sometimes use ‘‘Myanmar’’ in private with government officials as a matter of courtesy. Ernie Bower, Southeast Asia program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said he believes the U.S. government is on the brink of switching its policy.
Not quite yet though. The White House said Thursday it is sticking with ‘‘Burma.’’
Associated Press writer Aye Aye Win in Yangon, Myanmar, contributed to this report.