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As Myanmar marked Independence Day on January 4 with formal ceremonies, a national holiday and street games, a very different anniversary passed almost without mention in the country’s west.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is an eager traveller, and she seems to appreciate a warm welcome. In her role as foreign minister, she regularly flies to Asian capitals, and to places further afield, to ink deals and forge alliances with friendly foreign powers.

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