The country is making progress despite global media focus on the sectarian divide.
Myanmar has the distinction of being one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, clocking more than 8% annual growth for 2016, according to some estimates. The country's growth trajectory is likely to continue upwards, thanks to a low economic base (roughly $65 billion), a young population (at about 54 million), and an abundance of natural resources. It is a frontier economy at the forefront of its peers as it breaks out of a dark and authoritarian past.
But the world's view of Myanmar has recently focused on a single issue: the persecution of Rohingya Muslims who live mainly in Rakhine State, in the western region bordering Bangladesh. There is no doubt that Myanmar's "Rohingya problem" is grave. It reflects ethnic and racial animosity caused by religious tensions between Buddhism and Islam that have resulted in communal violence. This situation has been worsened by economic deprivation in the country's poorest state. Even so, a broader perspective is needed. There is more to Myanmar than the Rohingya.
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