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People mourn during a funeral ceremony for a civilian who was killed by security forces of Myanmar in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The U.S. government will cut off all trade engagement with Myanmar as bloodshed continues in the Southeast Asian country, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said Monday.

Why it matters: Police have led an increasingly violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters since the military overthrew Myanmar's democratically elected government in February. Myanmar security forces killed over 100 people Saturday in the bloodiest day since the coup.

The state of play: The Biden administration has already sanctioned Myanmar military officials and imposed fresh export controls on the country.

  • Under the 2013 Trade and Investment Framework Agreement, the two countries pledged to work together on mutually beneficial economic reforms and trade.
  • "We support the people of Burma's efforts to restore a democratically elected government, which has been the foundation of Burma’s economic growth and reform," Tai tweeted.

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Mar 28, 2021 - World

U.S. defense chiefs sign international statement condemning Myanmar military violence

Photo: Stringer/Getty Images

The defense chiefs of 12 countries, including the U.S., issued a joint statement on Saturday condemning Myanmar's military and security forces for its crackdown on anti-coup demonstrators.

Why it matters: The statement comes after the U.N. called Saturday the deadliest day of protests since the military last month overthrew the country's democratically elected government. Protesters have rallied to restore democracy in the country for nearly two months.

Updated Mar 27, 2021 - World

Myanmar security forces kill more than 100 in deadliest day since coup

Protesters demonstrating against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, on March 27. Photo: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Myanmar security forces on Saturday killed more than 100 people, including children, during anti-coup protests, several news agencies reported.

Why it matters: It's the bloodiest day of protests since the military last month overthrew the country's democratically elected government and comes as Myanmar’s military celebrates the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade in the country's capital, Naypyidaw.

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