China reserves the right to interfere in Myanmar’s affairs; it’s time Myanmar educated itself about its northern neighbor by creating think tanks and research institutes.
Myanmar’s recent repatriation of 22 captured Indian rebels suggests Naypyitaw’s embrace of New Delhi as a counterweight to China is entering a more concrete phase.
Officials from India, the US and China held separate meetings with the leadership of the Kachin State People’s Party last week, in a sign of the area’s strategic importance.
As China’s influence grows, Myanmar would do well to seek stronger contributions from India to the country’s development, democratic transition and military capacity.
India’s engagement with Myanmar should be aimed at fostering democracy, building a federal union and achieving peace—not merely chasing geopolitical goals.
Myanmar’s people welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping, but he has work to do if China truly wants to write a new chapter in the countries’ bilateral relationship.
Myanmar is right to worry about Beijing’s influence, but China-bashing isn’t the answer. The message to China—and to all—should be clear: Respect Myanmar’s sovereignty.