Where Is Myanmar?


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The Republic of the Union of Myanmar is a country in Southeast Asia. Myanmar shares borders with Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. Its coastline borders the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea on the west.

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Where Is Myanmar?
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Myanmar is sometimes called Burma, which was the country's name during the colonial period. When the military government took over in 1989, they officially changed the name to Myanmar, although dissident groups and many countries still refer to the country as Burma, due to their refusal to recognize the legitimacy of the military government. Both Burma and Myanmar derive from the name of the primary ethnic group in the country, with Myanmar referring to the literary version of the name and Burma derived from the colloquial version.

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