President Obama is in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, where regional leaders have opened the annual summit meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The President said Myanmar’s transition from military rule has not been as fast as hoped; that the government is “backsliding” on some civil rights reforms. He cited a crackdown on journalists and reports of abuses in ethnic minority areas where autonomy-seeking insurgents have operated for decades, among other things.
Despite his hopes for Myanmar, optimism within the administration has faded somewhat since the president’s trip here in 2012.
ABC’s Mary Bruce joined us to discuss what Obama is over there for.
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