Calls are mounting for the international community and neighboring countries to step in to secure humanitarian access to Myanmar to deal with its COVID-19 upsurge.
Editorial and Opinion
As crematoriums overflow, many now believe the regime is simply killing the people without bullets.
China and Myanmar’s other neighbors are banking on another extended period of military rule under the junta. History will remember their failure to stand with the people.
The damage to China’s standing among Myanmar’s people grows more serious with each day that Beijing supports the illegitimate military regime.
The junta can’t deliver the stability China needs on its southern border, and any hopes that ASEAN can have a positive influence are misguided.
In Jakarta, the bloc didn’t simply fail to condemn the junta and back the people—it bought the generals more time to move ahead with their corrupt and repressive agenda.
The bloc must end its tradition of providing diplomatic coverage for repressive Myanmar regimes and should give the country’s legitimate representatives a platform.
If the strong words of Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia are not followed up with action, the bloc will lose its last chance to be taken seriously.
When it comes to mega projects, Myanmar should not be a passive partner of China; Naypyitaw should be the one to propose plans and dictate their terms.
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