BURMA: The Sudden Smile

The news that the distinguished visitor was on his way came so unexpectedly that Peking barely had time to arrange the customary "spontaneous demonstrations" in his honor. At the last minute, some 3,000 shivering workers were rounded up and hustled off to the airport to chant "Long live Premier Ne Win of Burma!" But stern-faced General Ne Win was not in Peking for empty courtesies.

Ever since he and the army took over the wobbly and corrupt government of Burma 15 months ago, he has been anxiously trying to settle the country's longstanding...

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