Global aid donors such as the United Nations and the European Union appear to believe that it is business as usual in a Myanmar under military rule.
The UWSA is consolidating a new Wa state that will bring Chinese influence near Thailand and set a self-rule model for other ethnic rebels.
Also this week, the regime boss continued his preoccupations with pagoda rituals and disparaging the democratically elected government he overthrew.
Huge new US Consulate General in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai gives Washington an intelligence base close to both China and Myanmar.
Many believe the proposed switch to a PR system is a tactic to make it easier for the military and its allies to form a government in the future.
The generals know well that China has the means and the will to intervene on behalf of its substantial interests in Myanmar—not to mention a long history of doing so.
Hit-and-run clashes with ethnic Burmese fighters in the heartland and urban guerrilla warfare now complicate the Tatmadaw’s traditional task of containing ethnic armies.
Any future peace process must be genuinely inclusive and not repeat the mistakes made by both military and civilian governments of the past.
Beijing has long played a complex diplomatic game in its southern neighbor, hedging its bets by courting all stakeholders; the UN representation issue is no different.