Myanmar

Myanmar Coup Puts China In Tough Spot

Disinformation linking Myanmar’s recent coup d’état to Chinese influence has inspired anti-China protests in the capital, Yangon. Protesters’ suspicions were inflamed by a meeting between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and...

Chinese Manhunt Shows Sway, or Softness

At The New York Times, Jane Perlez and Bree Feng revisit the international hunt for drug lord Naw Kham, who was executed in March for the 2011 murders of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong river. For China, the arrest was a...

Myanmar Pivots Uneasily Away From China

Amid China’s mediation of Myanmar’s civil war and the suspension of the Myitsone Dam, The Los Angeles Times reports that Myanmar seems unable to pull away from China’s reach: In reality, though, anti-China...

China Considered Drone Strike Against Drug Lord

China mulled the use of drone-delivered explosives to kill a wanted drug lord, who was later captured and sentenced to death for the murder of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong river in 2011. The plan was revealed in a...

China Takes Over Strategic Port in Pakistan

Chinese Overseas Port Holdings Limited took over management of the Pakistani port of Gwadar on Monday, amid suspicion of China’s growing presence in the Indian Ocean. From Reuters: China financed more than 80 percent of...

China to Mediate Myanmar, Kachin Peace Talk

The Associated Press reports Myanmar’s government and the Kachin Independence Army will hold talks in China on the border town of Ruili: Khon Ja, an activist with the Kachin Peace Network, said the army fired four...

Behind Myanmar’s Suspended Dam

The suspension of work on the Myitsone Dam last September was a key moment in Myanmar’s attempt to edge out of China’s shadow. A leaked impact assessment by the company building the dam had found the project harmful...

Myanmar to Stop Construction of Controversial Dam

A controversial dam project on the Irrawaddy River has been suspended by Myanmar’s government. The Burma Rivers Network reported in July that the company behind the dam had ignored the findings of its own impact assessment...

China Urged to Halt Myanmar Dams

Burmese dissident groups have appealed to China to stop work on a number of dam projects which have been fuelling conflict in the north of the country. From The Wall Street Journal: Dissidents had been stepping up their...

Falling into China’s Hands

A commentary in the exiled Burmese publication Irawaddy discusses China’s relationship with Burma (aka Myanmar): Earlier this month, Burma’s generals rolled out the red carpet for visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao,...

China’s Black Cat, White Cat Diplomacy

Foreign Policy looks at the benefits for China of changing tack in its relations with Burma and supporting opposition to the military junta, a traditional ally: Clearly, Burma is an unreliable client for China. Until now, the...

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