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Aung San Suu Kyi, the face of democracy in Myanmar, is facing poor health while imprisoned following the 2021 military coup. Despite her party NLD’s dominance, analysts say it still relies heavily on Suu Kyi’s leadership.
Thailand’s Pheu Thai party, linked to deposed PM Thaksin Shinawatra, regains power in a coalition with military proxy parties. The move is seen as a risk of internal infighting and regime instability, as surveys show public opposition to the alliance.
When the dust finally settles in Myanmar, its people will rightly ask who sustained the reviled military regime. Right now, the answer is that Beijing offered ‘friendship’ to the coup-makers, an irony for a Communist Party so committed to regime and institutional stability.