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Rebuilding ties with Myanmar

 

Street life is pictured on Maha Bandoola Road in Chinatown in Yangon, Myanmar, October 12, 2012. Yangon, home to four million of the country's 55 million people, doesn't feel like the massive urban centers that dot Asia such as neighboring Bangkok or Mumbai.  Rolf Zimmermann/DPA/Zuma Press/MCT

US marks closer ties with Myanmar, but China's influence lingers

With Myanmar’s embrace of democratic reforms during the past two years, the U.S. has quickly warmed to the country. Meanwhile, China has lost its once solid footing in Myanmar, pulling back on investments.

 

She's 89 years old and long retired as a nurse, but Than Shwe keeps busy teaching English to children in Lashio, which is near the China border in Shan State. Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes

A living memory of bonds between Myanmar, US

Relations with Myanmar have been strained for so many years that it’s easy to forget the ties forged with the U.S. during World War II.

A member of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command searches for clues of remains at a crash site in Myanmar in this undated photo. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command

Search for missing revived by warming relations

As relations thaw between Myanmar and the U.S., JPAC renews search for the missing.

 

A farm woman near the village of Hka Shi chops corn stalks and weeds with a hand sythe in February. The growing season for hybrid corn in central and northern Myanmar is roughly May through December. During the off season some farmers raise a fast-growing variety of buckwheat in the same fields. Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes

History that runs from Myanmar's battlefields to farmland

Enduring relationships during WWII lead U.S. vets to create Project Old Soldier for Myanmar farmers — lifting thousands out of poverty.

A hatless Sam Spector poses with a group of Kachin Rangers from Company C in 1944. Spector was a radio operator in Burma during World War II and transmitted coded messages via Morse code. Courtesy Sam Spector

Symbols of US, Myanmar cooperation with a divergent fate

The story behind the fate of a pair of statues began in 2003 when a small group of American WWII veterans revisited a site they had served at 50 years ago.

 

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