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Petraeus to Vist Myanmar

The American diplomatic push in Asia continues as word spreads that the director of the CIA may soon visit Myanmar, the former Chinese ally that has been moving rapidly toward deep cooperation with the Pacific entente. On a recent visit to longtime US ally Thailand, General Petraeus is reported (by the New York Times) to have discussed plans for the Myanmar visit with the Thai foreign minister.

China, whose next-in-line leader Xi Jinping is scheduled to visit Washington next week, will be sweating this move. Myanmar/Burma is a rich source for intelligence and information with deep cross border ties to volatile parts of China. In addition to the economic losses as Myanmar shifts its orientation and the geopolitical consequences of the switch by the strategic country, the swift moves by entente powers (notably India, Japan and the US) to deepen ties the the generals offers an uncomfortable scenario for how events in North Korea might one day unfold.

Even as the US announced plans to scale back its diplomatic presence in Iraq, the next phase of American global engagement is taking shape.

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