Suu Kyi Meets China's Top Leaders, Withholds Criticism

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Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s pro-democracy leader, concluded a visit to China on Sunday. While there, she met with Xi Jinping, China’s leader and general secretary of the Communist Party. Suu Kyi also visited Shanghai and Yunnan Province, which borders on Burma’s territory.

Just five years ago, her visit would have been unimaginable. China had close ties to Burma’s military junta, which held her under house arrest for the better part of two decades, only releasing her in 2010 as it undertook a tentative, and so far quite limited, political opening.

Despite calls for her to do so, while in China, Suu Kyi did not speak publicly about Liu Xiaobo, one of China’s most prominent political prisoners, and a fellow Nobel laureate. Liu, a writer, was sentenced in 2009 to 11 years on subversion charges. His arrest was triggered by his support for Charter 08, a declaration of democratic principles. He won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, while in jail, as Suu Kyi herself did, while under house arrest, in 1991. Suu Kyi only received her award on a visit to Norway in 2012.

- The remainder of this post can be read on Democracy Road, FPI Senior Fellow Ellen Bork's blog at World Affairs Journal

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