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Why Myanmar prefers China to the West


In early August 2019, Myanmar proudly celebrated their first domestically produced car. The manufacturer, which is a China-Myanmar joint venture, can produce 5,000 local brand vehicles a year. On Sep 18, 2012, when Hillary Clinton, the then US Secretary of State, hugged with Aung San Suu Kyi (1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate) passionately and joyfully, … Continue reading

An US-China fight for … (surprise?) … Muslims’ interest in Myanmar


On Nov 20 Bloomberg reported: “China offers solution for Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar. “China Foreign Minister Wang Yi outlined a three-point solution that would allow Myanmar and Bangladesh to resolve the situation…… Wang told reporters that China was ‘willing to play a constructive role’ in resolving the situation.” On Nov 23 Associated Press reported: … Continue reading

China says its anti-artillery radar, to be used near Myanmar border, can lock onto enemy cannons in eight seconds


The following is based on a translation from a report in Chinese media: War.163.com says in its report that Chinese anti-artillery radar is able to lock on to and identify an enemy cannon’s location in 8 seconds. The report says the radar will draw media attention in the large-scale drill along the border between China … Continue reading

China deploys forces to Myanmar border after bombing in Yunnan province


Beijing sent forces to patrol its southwestern border with Myanmar after a bomb killed four Chinese citizens in an area where violence between Burmese rebel groups and troops has spread and strained ties with China. On Sunday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang expressed Beijing’s dismay at the fighting that has sent hundreds fleeing across China’s border. … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, March 16, 2015


A thorough and thoughtful article catches wind, documenting China’s threats against Great Britain over Hong Kong. Based on records declassified in 2013, the Crown wanted independence for Hong Kong long ago, but Beijing threatened invasion. The Hong Kong we know has been a store front so China can access the world and so Taiwan would … Continue reading

China scrambles jets after Myanmar bomb kills four people in Yunnan province


China has lodged diplomatic protests and scrambled fighter jets to the border with neighbouring Myanmar after a bomb from a Burmese warplane killed four people in China’s south-western Yunnan province on Friday. Myanmar’s government forces are fighting armed rebels and supporters of the Kokang people, a Mandarin-speaking ethnic Chinese minority, in the country’s northern Shan … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, February 23 | Symphony


Some Muslims wanted attention… They got it. Japan authorised millions in aid to fight terrorism. Myanmar calls on China to help them fight against terrorist attacks, ostensibly being launched from inside China. Beijing may not like being asked to turn their attention away from the great threat it feels from Taiwan. But, the terrorists in … Continue reading

‘Terrorist attacks’ against Myanmar being launched from China


China should cooperate with Myanmar to prevent “terrorist attacks” being launched from Chinese territory, a Myanmar official said on Thursday after 10 days of fighting between the Myanmar military and insurgents. Fighting broke out on Feb. 9 between the army and a rebel force in the Kokang region of northeast Myanmar, on the border with … Continue reading

China’s charm offensive: $3 billion attempt to buy good relations with South East Asia


After his successful charm offensive in central and eastern Europe, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang directed the same offensive at South East Asia. According to a Reuters report, the Chinese government’s mouthpiece Xinhua said in its report yesterday that Li has offered more than $3 billion in loans and aid to neighbours Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand … Continue reading

China to build 18 naval bases in Indian Ocean


The following is based on reports in Chinese media: Sri Lankan website Colombo Page quoted a namibian.com.na report that China planned to build 18 naval bases in areas of the Indian Ocean including Sri Lanka, where China has built Hambantota Port as its naval base. China also plans to build naval bases in Pakistan and … Continue reading

China seeks to become “capital” of South East Asia, by extending high-speed rail


A favourite export from China to its neighbours these days are high-speed rail lines designed to make trade routes in the vast stretches of Asia more accessible and fortify Chinese dreams of turning its southern reaches into the capital of mainland Southeast Asia. But not everyone wants to be bound so close. A rail project … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, May 12


China and the West want China and the West to know that they are in a prelude to war. Here are a few reasons why from recently… Philippines, US begin war games after Obama pledge The Mystery Shrouding China’s Communist Party Suicides Two articles on which military is stronger… Why Japan’s Smaller Military Could Hold … Continue reading

Maid to order in Hong Kong


Maids are in the news lately, with Hong Kong being offered unlimited choice by importing helpers from Myanmar. Hong Kong is helper haven with nearly 300,000 domestic helpers, largely from the Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, India with newcomers added from Bangladesh and now Myanmar. Their strength can be gauged on weekends when every available open and public … Continue reading

Bride trafficking to China could rise


Bride trafficking to China from Southeast Asian countries which do not border on that country looks set to grow, says the UN, with the first reported cases from Cambodia in 2012. “The numbers of identified cases are still small, but this number could rise given the social demographics in play,” Lisa Rende Taylor, chief technical … Continue reading

China’s live broadcast of executions for crimes allegedly committed abroad


One of Asia’s most notorious drug kingpins has reportedly been executed in China for the massacre of 13 Chinese sailors – with his last moments being broadcast live on national television. He was captured in Laos and extradited to China, even though the crimes he is alleged to have committed happened in Thailand. There were … Continue reading

Obama eyes $108 billion annual Asia prize vying with China trade


More than a century and a half after Millard Fillmore dispatched an emissary to Asia to transform commerce across the Pacific, a U.S. president again sees an historic opportunity to strengthen America’s role in the region. Barack Obama sent his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, to Asia for a record 86 days in his first term, including — … Continue reading

US can’t squeeze China out of Myanmar.


That was the message that China sought to convey to President Barack Obama as he completed his eight-hour visit to Yangon (Rangoon) on November 19, 2012, during which he met President Thein Sein and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and addressed the students of the Rangoon University. Ever since the US and Myanmar started moving … Continue reading

China will finance Laos rail link


Laotian officials announced Thursday that China and Laos have agreed on a railway project that would cross the Laotian highlands to the Chinese border. The Wall Street Journal reports: “Laos’s Energy and Mining Minister Soulivong Dalavong said in an interview that under the new agreement, which is expected to be signed within days, Chinese banks … Continue reading

Myanmar’s Kachin refugees forced back by China


China is forcing back thousands of Kachin refugees fleeing ethnic violence in northern Myanmar, activists and aid workers say. “The latest reports are that the push-backs are still going on and the Chinese government is refusing to face the reality that the refugees are being pushed back into a war zone,” Phil Robertson, deputy director … Continue reading

China hopes U.S. Myanmar moves not aimed at Beijing


A senior Chinese diplomat said on Wednesday he hoped moves by the United States to re-engage with Myanmar were not aimed at Beijing, underscoring China‘s concerns about influence in its strategically located neighbour and close economic partner. Chinese state-run media and academics have expressed concern Washington’s renewed interest in slowly democratising Myanmar, formerly known as … Continue reading

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