Myanmar is holding its first relatively free election in 25 years on Sunday in a crucial test for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her pro-democracy party.
Myanmar looks to add lobbying muscle ahead of promised free elections later this year. Hillary Clinton has hailed Myanmar's opening up to the West as a prime example of her diplomatic derring do.
The crackdown on students marching to Yangon, the former capital, underscores Myanmar's limited tolerance of free expression.
Governments from Myanmar to Zambia are pushing for international aid organizations to work with local companies as they pour in billions in aid and investment.