The Transition of Myanmar in the Chinese and U.S. News Media May11

The Transition of Myanmar in the Chinese and U.S. ...

When opposition leader and activist Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National Democratic League swept parliamentary elections in Myanmar early last month, it sent a message abroad: Myanmar is changing. The American and Chinese media, like their governments, appear to agree that those changes are for the good — but with different national frames. Only days before the landmark election, the Association of Southeast Nations applauded reforms in the country and urged Western nations to lift sanctions “immediately.” China, too, supported immediate action on the part of Western nations. The U.S. has responded by easing some sanctions, and leaving...