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Resource October 30, 2012

A Changing Climate for Reporting in Burma

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On the morning of October 5, 2011, two Chinese barges bearing loads of apples, garlic, and some $1.5...

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An engineer and Burmese laborers on the gas and oil pipeline that carves its way from Kunming in China to the Indian Ocean on the coast of Burma. Built and designed by the China National Petroleum Corporation, the pipeline will be 2,800 km long once complete. Image by Gary Knight. Burma, 2012.

Journalist Jeff Howe shares his experiences reporting in Burma with photographer Gary Knight. As Burma transitions to a more open government, economy and society, Howe and Knight focus on the country's relationship with China and how "soft power" is effecting that relationship. Howe observes leniency from the government, but apprehension from the Burmese people he interviews. "What you have to remember about Burma is, this is a country that has been on the road to democracy before, only to yank back the reforms and come down with an iron fist," says Howe.

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