China gains upper hand in Myanmar

27 May 2017 at 14:30
WRITER: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Capt Wang Hong Li, commanding officer of the 23rd Chinese naval escort task force, greets local Chinese residents during a call by two Chinese frigates at the Thilawa International Port near Yangon in September last year. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON: Myanmar was supposed to turn away from China and toward the West as the United States helped the country begin the transition from five decades of military rule.

The opposite is happening as the new civilian government led by democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is failing to attract Western investment while Beijing has gone on a charm offensive. China is offering economic and political support and a relationship free of the human rights concerns straining Myanmar's ties elsewhere.

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