A bridge between South Asia and Southeast Asia, Myanmar has served as a transit hub for travelers and traders over many centuries. It was where the British empire came face-to-face with an expanding Japanese military in World War II. Now independent for 70 years, the country has been ruled for the most part by military regimes. Myanmar has taken steps toward deepening democracy in recent years, but its human rights record, especially with ethnic minorities like the Rohingya, remains poor.
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