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After Nearly 50 Years, Burmese Leader Comes To Washington

NPR | May 20, 2013 2:09 a.m. | Updated: May 20, 2013 7:18 a.m.

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Steve Inskeep, Anthony Kuhn

It’s been a while since the last visit by a head of state from Myanmar. The last time was 47 years ago, when the country was still known as Burma. As President Thein Sein arrives at the White House Monday, some will hail him as a reformer who set his country on the path to democracy. Others may protest his arrival, as excessive recognition for a head of state that has presided over continuing human rights abuses.

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