The UN Security Council is meeting today to discuss the military coup in Myanmar. There is plenty of condemnation from Western countries, but more nuanced reactions from Myanmar’s immediate neighbours.
Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, Darya Dolzikova and Tom Plant
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