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Reacting To Bloody Coup, US Suspends Trade Deal With Myanmar

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Security forces stand by on Hledan road in Kamayut township of Yangon in Myanmar, Monday, March 29, 2021. Over 100 people across the country were killed by security forces on Saturday alone, including several children. Myanmar aircraft also carried out three strikes along the country's border overnight Sunday, according to a member of the Free Burma Rangers, a humanitarian relief agency that delivers medical and other assistance to villagers. (AP Photo)

(AP) — The United States on Monday suspended a trade deal with Myanmar until a democratic government is restored to the Southeast Asian country after a bloody Feb. 1 coup.

The military overthrew the elected government, jailed Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian leaders and killed and imprisoned protesters in the country also known as Burma. U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said the United States was immediately suspending “all U.S. engagement with Burma under the 2013 Trade and Investment Framework Agreement.”

Under the agreement, the two countries cooperated on trade and investment issue, a reward for the military’s decision to allow a return to democracy — a transition that ended abruptly with last month’s coup.

 

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