Thailand says it will not increase pressure on Burma for democratic change, despite new calls for Washington to do so.
Bangkok says it will continue to engage in what it calls "constructive dialogue" with Burma's ruling generals.
Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman Sihasak Phuangketkeo told VOA Wednesday that Thailand's proximity to Burma rules out talking tough to the generals.
He said the approach should be through some sort of dialogue with the regime to see how the junta could be moved towards democratization.
Last minute language added to the U.S. congressional sanctions bill passed Tuesday calls on Burma's neighbors, Thailand and China, to stop what it termed "Economic and political patronage of the Burmese dictatorship."
Meanwhile, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific Randy Schriver has criticized China's stance on Burma, saying Beijing is isolated in its failure to condemn the military junta.
Mr. Schriver says China is missing an opportunity if it doesn't join with the rest of the region and the rest of the international community in pressuring Burma's military rulers to free Aung San Suu Kyi and make democratic reforms.