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What Asian country will Suu Kyi visit first?

(Mizzima) – India and China are both eager to be the first Asian country to have Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi pay a visit, according to an article in The Times of India this week.
The Indian Ambassador to Burma Dr. V. S. Seshadri, to the right of Aung San Suu Kyi, at the Indian embassy in Rangoon in September 2011. Photo: Mizzima
Both countries are also trying to maintain and establish closer economic and political ties with Burma, which is strategically located between the two Asian giants.
While Suu Kyi has traditional links with India – her mother was ambassador to India and she studied at the Jesus and Mary Convent School and Lady Shri Ram College – the newspaper said she would probably take into consideration China’s influence on the fortunes of Burma. China is the No. 1 investor in Burma.

A Chinese foreign ministry officials said on Thursday that he could not confirm that Suu Kyi had been invited to visit China.

Meanwhile, Suu Kyi confirmed on Wednesday that she would travel to Oslo, Norway, and Oxford, Britain, in June. In 1991, she received the Nobel Peace Prize, but was unable to accept it personally because she was under house arrest.

In 1992, Suu Kyi was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding. India was an early supporter of the pro-democracy movement in Burma, but later it altered its policy and began to build closer ties with the military regime, a move designed to counter Chinese influence in the region.

On Wednesday, reported that Suu Kyi has requested a passport to travel outside the country, marking her first foreign trip in 24 years.

“She has not got a passport yet,” an official told Agence France Presse. “After she gets her passport she is hoping to go to at least three countries,” another Myanmar official told AFP.

Passport officials visited Suu Kyi's Ragnoon home and took her photograph as part of the application process, AFP said.

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