Myanmar is a country of some 70 million people, with a population of roughly 11 million.
But it has one of the lowest levels of infant mortality in the world, and one of its highest rates of women who have given birth outside of marriage.
It is also one of Asia’s poorest countries, with an annual GDP per capita of just $8,600, according to the World Bank.
It has also had a tough time coping with the effects of a civil war that has killed millions and displaced millions of others, including tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims.
The country’s main tourist attraction is its iconic Great Wall of China, which spans 1,846 miles (2,054 kilometers).
The country’s history, culture and food are all well-known, and the country has been a major destination for European tourists.
However, Myanmar has been plagued by a number of other crises, from a series of bombings and attacks that left more than 200 dead in the early 1990s to a military crackdown on protesters in 2014.
A ceasefire ended hostilities in October, but the violence has not been contained.
In August, the government announced the creation of a “peacekeeping mission” to protect the country, but there have been repeated reports of the government’s heavy-handed tactics in enforcing the rules.
“The government of Myanmar has become very authoritarian in its policies,” said Andrew Lee, a Southeast Asia researcher at the Brookings Institution in Washington.
“It seems to be more of a one-man show, and that’s led to this really tough situation in Burma.”
Lee said the government has a strong military presence, which is largely supported by the United States and China.
“They’re really big backers of what they’re doing in Burma,” he said.
“The military is the most powerful institution in the country and they’ve been very aggressive, so they have a strong incentive to enforce a very authoritarian and dictatorial style of governance.”
In 2017, the Myanmar government declared that it was planning to expand its military, and it is now the world’s largest exporter of arms and munitions, according at least one government official.
“There is a very strong military-police-security relationship in the Burmese military,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss military matters.
“That is a huge problem, and a major threat.”
Lee added that the government could soon announce plans to launch a “tourism ministry,” which would involve officials from the government and private companies working to attract tourists to Myanmar.
“I can see the government doing this, but it’s going to be very difficult,” he told Al Jazeera.
The government has also been accused of abusing the Rohingya, an ethnic minority, and has accused them of committing crimes against Myanmar citizens.
In March, a United Nations-backed commission of inquiry found that Myanmar had committed serious human rights abuses during the 2014 crackdown.
The report cited a string of allegations of torture, rape, forced relocation, extrajudicial killings and other abuses against Rohingya Muslims and other minority groups.
The Burmans deny the allegations and have launched a court case to try to silence the commission.
Many Rohingya, many of whom have fled to Bangladesh in recent years, have been denied entry to the country for years.
“I don’t think they’re going to get away with anything,” Lee said.