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Amid change, Clinton visits Myanmar

Secretary hopes to gauge depth of political reform

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived yesterday in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, and was greeted in a low-key ceremony by Deputy Foreign Minister Myo Myint (left). Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived yesterday in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, and was greeted in a low-key ceremony by Deputy Foreign Minister Myo Myint (left). (Saul Loeb/Associated Press/Pool)
By Steven Lee Myers
New York Times / December 1, 2011
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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Myanmar yesterday to measure the depth of the political and economic opening that the country’s autocratic, military-dominated government has unexpectedly begun. After years of abysmal relations, the Obama administration has promised to respond to progress - Clinton’s trip being the most significant reward so far - even as it presses for more significant steps to end the country’s repressive rule and international isolation.

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