Renewed engagement with Burma carries shades of China shift

Baird says relationship will be based on human rights above all else.

Kristen Shane
Published: Wednesday, 08/03/2011 12:00 am EDT

The Harper government has taken many opportunities to rebuke the military junta that has ruled Burma, also known as Myanmar, since 1988. It encouraged a parliamentary motion to give honorary Canadian citizenship to opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. After the junta violently suppressed pro-democracy demonstrations, it imposed some of the toughest sanctions in the world on Burma in 2007.

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