Despite post-coup chaos, the COVID-19 pandemic and rising anti-China sentiment, the military regime is pushing forward with Beijing-backed infrastructure projects.
Two million Chinese coronavirus vaccine doses are due to be delivered to the junta this week.
The giant Shwe Kokko new city project near the Thai border has apparently stepped up operations since the February coup.
Traders do not know when the only border gate that was still operating in Muse will reopen.
After five months of worsening instability on its border, Beijing would be open to a negotiated settlement, some NLD insiders say.
Beijing’s steadfast support for repressive military regimes in the post-independence era provides sufficient evidence, but examples can be found throughout history.
China’s foreign minister Wang Yi reiterates support for military regime at World Peace Forum in Beijing.
Bilateral trade through border crossings between Shan and Kachin states and Yunnan has slumped as China restricts the number of cargo trucks allowed to enter the country.
Wang Yi’s comments are seen as a sign the two countries are gearing up to move long-planned Chinese investment projects in Myanmar into the implementation phase.
The parallel government called on Beijing to engage with them and warned against legitimizing the junta.
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.
Beijing claims talks aimed at ending Myanmar’s crisis are starting in China today, while critics demand a seat at the table for the ousted democratic government.
The projects are part of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative but plans to implement them come as anti-China sentiment is increasing.
Despite the turmoil caused by the junta’s coup and the COVID-19 pandemic, the regime is pushing ahead with plans to bring back tourists from China.
Millions of Myanmar people are refusing COVID-19 vaccines in protest at the military regime.