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15 April, 2012
Burma looks forward....
Good news in Burma, where the regime appears to be pursuing a policy of gradual relaxation. Analysts say they don't know why this is happening, but I think it clear that China has told them to. The regime was kept in power by China, and Burma supplied it with raw materials but now that colonialism is beginning to look counter-productive for Beijing.
David Cameron did well to be the first Western leader there, and has invited Aung San Suu Kyi to Britain. I think I am right in saying she has never seen the grave of her husband, Michael Aris.
The British, meanwhile, seem more interested in some Spitfires that are buried there. As if we didn't have enough WWII memorabilia.
I propose that the Spitfires be left where they are and that we start trying to live in the 21st century, looking forward, not back, as Burma and the rest of the Far East are doing.