Dec 1 - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began her first substantive talks with Myanmar's new leader. Marie-Claire Fennessy reports.
This was the start of Hillary Clinton's first talks with Myanmar's new leaders. The U.S. Secretary of State met President Thein Sein during her landmark visit to the reclusive state after more than half a century of estrangement from the West. She is expected to lay out clear US expectations for the future of reforms. Analysts said this process could lead Washington to ease sanctions which has strangled the country's economy and driven it close to China, it main political backer. The country's military handed power over to civilian leaders following elections last year. Later, Clinton will head to the main city of Yangon for her first face-to-face meeting with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi Marie-Claire Fennessy, Reuters