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Southeast Asians Don’t Really Care About the Myanmar Crisis

A recent survey of regional elite opinion shows a surprising lack of regional concern about the country’s ongoing conflict. The ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute’s annual State of Southeast Asian survey dropped last week, heady times for an overstretched columnist. Not so positive, however, if you’re busy battling a barbarous military junta and are looking around for a bit… Continue reading Southeast Asians Don’t Really Care About the Myanmar Crisis

ASEAN should admit defeat over Myanmar

Expectations that the Southeast Asian bloc could have been effective were misplaced. Lurking within the cacophony of condemnations of ASEAN’s “handling” of the crisis in Myanmar, of its utter failure to move the military junta an inch towards compromise or retreat, is a lament that here was a chance for the bloc to prove its… Continue reading ASEAN should admit defeat over Myanmar

Beijing’s Economic Stakes: Lessons from Post-coup Sino-Myanmar Relations

Diya Jiang explores Beijing’s interests and trade-offs in managing Sino-Myanmar relations following the Myanmar military’s February 2021 coup d’état. Scholars and experts in academia and policy circles have argued that China has become a dangerous and unpredictable player in recent years. Indeed, trending toward the end of its half century-long economic growth, China is establishing itself… Continue reading Beijing’s Economic Stakes: Lessons from Post-coup Sino-Myanmar Relations

Myanmar’s NUG Needs To Win the Peace

As the collapse of the military junta begins to seem possible, attention turns to what might be established in its place. They say there are three possible outcomes to a war. You can win the war and win the peace, as the United States did in Western Europe in 1945, for instance. You can lose… Continue reading Myanmar’s NUG Needs To Win the Peace

China’s stance towards Myanmar following the 2021 military coup

Myanmar is geopolitically important for China, principally to boost its strategic presence in the Indian Ocean, to reduce the transport time for some of its trade, and to achieve the objective of its long-term “two-ocean” master plan. Thus, China needed to choose the right strategy after the military coup in Myanmar on 1 February 2021… Continue reading China’s stance towards Myanmar following the 2021 military coup

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