Burma: Break with Neutrality

Ne Win, the ascetic Burmese ruler, never was a man for glad-handing foreign visitors or rubbing elbows with his people. In recent months, the onetime army commander has become even more of a recluse than before. Since midsummer, he has not been seen in public, has met with no members of the press and has limited his contacts among Burmese political leaders to a small handful of inside advisers. Ne Win has good reason to be withdrawn and moody. Right now, Burma has as many troubles as any country in Southeast Asia.

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