Also this week, the regime’s No. 2 kept a straight face while calling for a ‘free and fair’ vote, and China’s visiting top diplomat kept his distance from the junta boss.
Wang Yi was in Naypyitaw for three days but failed to meet with Min Aung Hlaing, who craves visits from foreign dignitaries as a form of recognition for his junta.
China’s foreign minister Wang Yi vowed to protect its neighbour internationally and its legitimate interests.
Visiting Myanmar, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing expects all parties to ‘adhere to rational consultation’ and ‘strive to achieve political reconciliation’.
Beijing appears to believe the regime still offers the best guarantee of security for its interests in Myanmar, but the threat posed by resistance forces is growing.
Wang Yi’s visit to attend a meeting of Mekong nations follows attacks on a Chinese mine project and the junta’s transfer of detained civilian leader Suu Kyi to prison.
Meeting with Wunna Maung Lwin in China, Wang Yi urged the regime to implement Beijing’s projects in its southern neighbor.
Russia’s open aggression against Ukraine presents China with a hot potato, but regime change in Moscow is not an outcome Beijing wants to see.