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.
The UN and world powers risk being disregarded as powerless and inconsequential if the junta is not made to pay a heavier price for its actions.
The 90 officers of the BGF, which runs a China-backed casino hub in Karen, are discussing their next move after the Tatmadaw asked them to reconsider their resignations.
Throughout 2020, Beijing sought to ensure its BRI plans did not fall off Myanmar’s radar screen amid COVID-19. The Irrawaddy looks at the year in bilateral relations.
As Myanmar prepares to vote, The Irrawaddy asks international observers who have been following the country’s political issues for years for their views on the Nov. 8 election.
Merged ethnic parties may be the wild card in Shan as the election nears, but the NLD continues to dominate with urban voters.