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US cuts all diplomatic trade relations with Myanmar to restore democracy

The US Biden administration removes all trade relations with Myanmar. The ongoing violence against pro-democracy protesters and the deadliest day since the military seized power in a February 1 coup urged to do it. Myanmar’s military leaders have targeted trade unions and workers for their role in pro-democracy protests raise serious concerns.

More than 100 civilians, including children, were killed in demonstrations for protesting the coup across Myanmar on 27th February, which sparked international condemnation.

Figure: Protesters hold up the three finger salute during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on Saturday. [Stringer/AFP]
On that instant of ‘outrageous’ bloodshed, the office of United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai said, “The United States strongly condemns the Burmese security forces’ brutal violence against civilians. The killing of peaceful protestors, students, workers, labor leaders, medics, and children has shocked the conscience of the international community. These actions are a direct assault on the country’s transition to democracy and the efforts of the Burmese people to achieve a peaceful and prosperous future.”

US-Myanmar trade and investment support is based on Myanmar’s integration into the global economy under Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) agreement from 2013. Through the Agreement, Myanmar recognized the importance of respecting, promoting, and realizing fundamental labor rights as enumerated by the International Labor Organization, and of effectively enforcing its respective laws and regulations on worker rights.

Military actions are a direct assault on the country’s transition to democracy and the efforts of the Burmese People to achieve a peaceful and prosperous future.

US Congress reauthorized the Generalized System of Preferences program of Myanmar, which reduces US tariffs and provides other special trade access for some developing countries.

President Joe Biden called the violence “terrible” and “absolutely outrageous” and expressed anguish in Myanmar after the weekend.

Biden told reporters that “Based on the reporting that I got, an awful lot of people have been killed unnecessarily”.

US response from Biden’s side would be “immediate” trade suspension.

Moreover, the United States supports the people of Burma in their efforts to restore a democratically elected government, which has been the foundation of Burma’s economic growth and reform.

By the Karen National Union (KNU)- the armed ethnic group that controls the Southeastern region in Myanmar, more airstrikes were conducted by Myanmar’s ruling military and many civilians fled across the border.

For democratic nations this kind of actions or policies that prohibit, limit, or penalize the exercise of freedom of expression or assembly by people in Burma where the military seized power after claiming that November 8 elections which were decisively won by political leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party. Now the military replaced the commission.

Democracy began around 2010 in Myanmar agreed to cooperate with the US on programs to support economic reforms, inclusive development, and integration into the global trading system.

Democracy as an ideology is to be protected and promoted by the US to create an environment for peaceful business. So as the US is trying to establish democracy throughout the world not merely in Myanmar.

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