Burma

[bur-muh]
noun
a republic in SE Asia, on the Bay of Bengal. 261,789 sq. mi. (678,034 sq. km). Capital: Yangon.
Official name Union of Myanmar.
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Burma (ˈbɜːmə)
 
n
the former official name (until 1989, though still widely used) of Myanmar

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Burma
Burmese myanma "the strong," the people's self-designation.
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Burma definition


Republic in Southeast Asia, now officially known as Myanmar, bordered by Bangladesh, India, and the Bay of Bengal to the west; China to the north and northeast; Laos and Thailand to the east; and the Andaman Sea to the south. Rangoon is its capital and largest city.

Note: Under British control until 1948, it then became an independent republic.
Note: During World War II, the Allies and Japanese troops fought intense campaigns over control of the Burma Road, a vital supply link between China and India.
Note: Run by its military in the 1970s and 1980s, Burma saw its economy decline. Free elections in 1990 were won by the main opposition party, but the military government refused to relinquish its powers.
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They have claimed that there is no independent judiciary in burma.
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