Myanmar: ASEAN denounces lethal regime airstrikes
14 April 2023 | 1:01 pm
ASEAN chair Indonesia has called for immediate action and an end to violence in Myanmar. The death toll remains unclear, but reports suggest over 100 people may have been killed.
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Deaths were reported in Myanmar after the storm tore down homes, trees and blew the roofs of shelters. Mocha is the most powerful cyclone to hit the region since 2007.
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China's Wang Yi, Russia's Sergey Lavrov and the US' Antony Blinken, and Southeast Asian ministers are expected at talks. Beijing and Washington have arranged several sets of relatively high-level talks in recent weeks.
Some say exports to the European Union are essential to provide a livelihood to ordinary people in Myanmar. Others argue that importing products plays into the junta's narrative that it's business as usual.
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