It's a dog & pony show, to be honest. I'm from Singapore, which is the main founding member of the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) group of nations of which Burma (or what we call Myanmar here) is a part of. Every day, I witness my country quietly helping the Burmese to circumvent trade sanctions and such by allowing their government-connected rich to buy houses here and get their children educated here, and live the good life. The Burmese junta don't give two sh**s about what the rest of the world, or even their own peasants think about them, because they already have this ingrained mindset that only they are the ones who are fit to rule and the rest are inferior subhuman scum.
My government in Singapore (also an authoritarian state) thinks that they can make things better by engagement through ASEAN, but it's not helping at all. Every time we try to do something through ASEAN, Burma just ignores us and validates the world's perception of ASEAN as a mere paper tiger all the time.