Aung San Suu Kyi, the key player in Myanmar’s forthcoming elections (Photo: dpa)

Myanmar balancing act as global rivals seek influence

After decades of isolation, Myanmar is opening up to the world. However, its political reforms have been accompanied by regional tensions and ethnic conflict. As China’s influence grows in the region, both India and America are keen to sway Myanmar away from Beijing’s orbit. Meanwhile, Myanmar's leaders want to capitalise on its strategic position and untapped economic potential. But, writes GIS guest expert Brendan O’Reilly, its future depends on controlling internal factions and the outcome of crucial elections.

CHINA and Myanmar share a long history of mostly amicable relations, though there have been periods of significant hostility. Myanmar was the first non-communist country to ...

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While other major powers balked at the Myanmarese junta’s dismal human rights record over the last 50 years, China saw a largely uncontested area for strategic depth and economic integration
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