McCain urges US to keep sanctions on Burma's energy sector

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“The government needs to apply internationally recognized standards such as the IMF code of good practices on fiscal transparency,” she said. “Other countries could help by not allowing their own companies to partner with MOGE unless it was signed up to such codes.”

The State Department is currently weighing when and how to lift sanctions against Burma, also known as Myanmar, following a slew of political reforms — including democratic elections — this year. Some lawmakers have balked at the proposed sector-by-sector approach, calling it a "strategic mistake."

"We understand that as part of its review of sanctions policy, the administration is considering lifting sanctions sector by sector, with the possibility that sanctions may be retained on individual industries such as petroleum," Sens. Jim Webb (D-Va.) and James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeGOP senator on backing Moore: ‘It’s a numbers game’ Overnight Energy: Panel advances controversial Trump nominee | Ex-coal boss Blankenship to run for Senate | Dem commissioner joins energy regulator Senate panel advances controversial environmental nominee MORE (R-Okla.), the top Democratic and Republican senators on the East Asian affairs subpanel, wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE last month. "The United States should not be picking winners and losers in our economic engagement abroad, but rather should be encouraging the business community as a whole to take on the risk of investing in human development in Burma.”