China has watched its unrivalled economic privileges in Myanmar slip away as the poorest country in southeast Asia pivots to the West, writes guest expert Vaughan Winterbottom. The government in Naypyidaw is no longer the stalwart authoritarian ally to China it once was. But China is waiting in the wings as its growing ties and voice in Asian forums strengthen. Myanmar’s resources and strategic position are too important for China to ignore.

<i>Myanmar’s ongoing democratisation and pivot to the West poses a challenge for neighbouring China. China had previously enjoyed unrivalled economic privileges in the resource-rich country under the military junta. Myanmar has cancelled a n...

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 Vaughan Winterbottom
Thein Sein’s government ushered in an ambitious reform agenda, ending most censorship, releasing almost all political prisoners, opening dialogue with independence-seeking minority ethnic groups in the country’s north and privatising the vast majority of state-owned firms
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