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.
After five months of worsening instability on its border, Beijing would be open to a negotiated settlement, some NLD insiders say.
Ethnic Rakhine groups have condemned the shadow government’s policy as an attempt to win international support.
If Beijing and Washington are to find common ground and help bring peace and stability to Myanmar, the upcoming meeting in Alaska would be the logical place to start.
Thai Foreign Ministry believes it sees a glimmer of hope for a peaceful solution.
With Washington weighing tough sanctions and the Tatmadaw likely expecting support from Beijing, Myanmar is set to become a diplomatic battleground for the two powers.
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The trust that Japan enjoys on both sides of the Rakhine conflict has already yielded results on the ground; the same cannot be said of other foreign negotiators.