Another jump in fuel prices since Russia invaded Ukraine has brought extra suffering for the people of Myanmar as they struggle with economic fallout from the coup and the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Trevor Wilson was Australia’s ambassador to Myanmar from 2000 to 2003, when Western sanctions were pushing the country closer to China, the repression of activists was ruthless, and the country was ruled by the State Peace and Development Council. In August 2003, the SPDC unveiled its seven-point “roadmap to a discipline-flourishing democracy”, that paved the way for the remarkable transition which began under the Thein Sein government in 2011.