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Warmer China-Myanmar ties may reshape local politics

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Significance

Wang is the first senior foreign official to visit Myanmar following the installation of the new government on March 30, dominated by Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD). The government faces an early test in easing relations with China that have been strained since 2011.

Impacts

  • Stronger ties with Naypyidaw will strengthen China's Asia-Pacific position, as the US presidency nears transition.
  • The government will likely demand enhanced corporate social responsibility from Chinese and other extractives investors.
  • The government will need Chinese support to advance Myanmar's peace process.
  • However, the government will also need to assuage Myanmar military's concern about Beijing's influence.
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