US Considers Political-Economic Steps Related to the Myanmar Crisis

US Considers Political-Economic Steps Related to the Myanmar Crisis

US State Department adviser Derek Chollet said the US was considering political and economic steps to pressure Myanmar's military junta to change its behavior.

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"The situation in Myanmar is getting worse in terms of humanity, security, economy and politics," said Derek Chollet in a press conference by telephone in Jakarta, Thursday (21/10).

He reiterated US support for the people of Myanmar and their aspirations for freedom and democracy. The international community, including neighboring countries, has an urgent responsibility to pressure the military regime to stop the violence, release those unjustly detained, respect the will of the people who all yearn for Myanmar's restoration to the path of democracy.

Chollet said governments of other countries could also take political and economic steps to pressure Myanmar's military junta. "What we're trying to do is offer our best views and hear from different partners from the region," he said.

Chollet said the United States considers the interests of allies and partners in the Southeast Asian region. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said ASEAN is the architectural center of the Indo-Pacific region and is critical to stability, economic opportunity and the United States' vision for a rules-based international order.

"We will continue to strengthen ASEAN's centrality and our strategic partnership with ASEAN and its members," Chollet said.