Residents protest the development of the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone and deep sea port and say they will be left worse off than before.
China’s foreign minister Wang Yi vowed to protect its neighbour internationally and its legitimate interests.
Over a year after the coup and Beijing scents the opportunity to increase its economic presence and influence in the country.
India is threatened with being encircled by a network of China-controlled ports and Beijing’s increasingly powerful navy.
Locals fear that the junta will forcibly confiscate their land without compensation for a special economic zone in Rakhine State.