Coming on the heels of the general’s humiliating ASEAN snub, the ex-US diplomat’s visit gave Min Aung Hlaing’s internal propaganda campaign a timely shot in the arm.
Positive political outcomes are unlikely from the ex-US diplomat’s meeting with Min Aung Hlaing.
The ex-US diplomat’s friendship with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi soured in 2018, but he is one of the few figures with ties on both the military and democratic sides in Myanmar.
The soon-to-be departing Christine Schraner Burgener has admitted for the first time that the junta has no interest in talking or a peaceful solution to Myanmar’s crisis.
Days after the junta reportedly rejected Sun Guoxiang’s request to meet Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Beijing said it would work to resume Myanmar’s ‘democratic transformation’.
History shows the city state is happy to let Myanmar’s generals provide the ‘stability’ needed to protect investment, while letting them reside and seek treatment there.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has emulated Ne Win’s 1962 coup, but many more people have died in 2021 at his hands.
The junta’s rejection of ASEAN’s choice of special envoy on Monday is the latest twist in a long saga.
Despite post-coup chaos, the COVID-19 pandemic and rising anti-China sentiment, the military regime is pushing forward with Beijing-backed infrastructure projects.
Today we remember the killings of Gen. Aung San and his colleagues in 1947; the independence hero’s daughter has suffered an even worse fate than his.
Beijing is believed to support the northern Shan-based SSPP and to distrust their Shan rivals, the RCSS.
After five months of worsening instability on its border, Beijing would be open to a negotiated settlement, some NLD insiders say.
Myanmar’s military and Lukashenko’s autocratic regime have been quietly building ties, focused on arms sales, for over a decade; contact remains close following the coup.
The regime has killed nearly 900 people and jailed thousands, but its officials continue to be targeted as resistance remains fierce in both cities and the countryside.
Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing may be a loyal customer of Russia’s arms manufacturers, but Moscow’s official reception of the junta chief has been decidedly low key.