Burmese army trained by UK military
23 January 2014 Last updated at 04:15 GMT
For half a century, Myanmar, also known as Burma, was ruled by a military junta but, in the last three years there has been dramatic moves towards greater democracy.
But it could still all come to a grinding halt. The Burmese army controls a quarter of all seats in parliament and could block any changes to the constitution.
In an effort to support reforms the British army have begun a tentative and controversial engagement with their Burmese counterparts.
Jonah Fisher reports from Naypyitaw.