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 people of Myanmar sympathize with their counterparts in Afghanistan, another strategically vital neighbor of China whose descent into dictatorship Beijing welcomes.
Than Shwe envisioned permanent political supremacy for the military. Thein Sein’s attempt to realize it was rejected by the people. Min Aung Hlaing’s coup is Plan B.
The appointment of Erywan Yusof as special envoy could offer the junta a face-saving way of sparing the country from total disaster, but that is unlikely to happen.
The group’s appointment of a special envoy is likely to prove too little, too late for what has been desperately needed on the ground.
Rather than taking responsibility for not acting early, the coup leader has blamed the new variants for the high infection and death tolls.
Despite the wishful thinking of the past decade, the Tatmadaw leadership have never accepted basic democratic norms like elections, and they never will.
For Min Aung Hlaing, throwing political enemies like U Nyan Win into COVID-infested jails is just another method of exterminating them.
Through its incompetence, Myanmar’s dictatorial junta has exacerbated the country’s third wave of COVID-19.
Because it came at a time of such hope, the most recent coup feels harder to bear psychologically than its predecessors. But history shows that the people will prevail.
Detained yet again by the generals who despise her, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s only ‘mistake’ has been to honor her commitment to the people who chose her as their leader.
The current regime leader is going even further than his predecessors in trying to bury the country’s most popular party; he will be even less successful.
A few short years ago, the global elite who now so loudly condemn the coup were rewarding the ‘reformist’ generals with an obscene boom in Yangon’s property market.
Few military officers have shown as much greed as Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, and there is little doubt he is clinging to power to protect his economic interests.
Each day in Yangon and beyond, the regime’s increasingly besieged troops and police appear less like swaggering bullies and more like fearful targets.