(RepublicanReport.com) – Joe Biden’s attitude toward foreign policy has been the subject of much discussion early in his presidency. Of particular interest is his silence on many of the abuses perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). However, it’s important to remember that the US has a role to play in disputes in smaller countries as well.
On Sunday, January 31, the White House released a statement on the current political unrest in Burma (also known as Myanmar). The Burmese military has staged a coup there, rejecting the results of an election in November on the basis of alleged election fraud. That vote gave famous activist Aung San Suu Kyi’s party a parliamentary majority. Suu Kyi and other leaders have been detained by armed forces, and military leader Min Aung Hlaing has assumed power.
The Biden administration says that unless these actions are reversed, the United States will begin imposing sanctions on Burma. Press Secretary Jen Psaki also said the US would “take action” against any movement seeking to impede Burma’s progress toward democracy.
NEW statement from President Biden on #Myanmar: the military coup and arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi & other civilian leaders necessitates "an immediate review of our sanction laws and authorities, followed by appropriate action." pic.twitter.com/fjeRNbOBbi
— Sara Cook (@saraecook) February 1, 2021
Foreign policy is arguably more difficult for the United States than any other country on earth. President Trump sought to avoid intervention wherever possible; while there are valid arguments against this policy, it’s important to keep America out of unnecessary wars. This development could signal a shift away from this approach under Biden’s administration.
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