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Members of Myanmar's Kachin ethnic group pan for gold in Myitsone, the proposed site of a controversial Chinese-backed dam (AP photo by Khin Maung Win).

How ‘One Belt, One Road’ Could Smooth Out Rocky China-Myanmar Ties

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series about China’s One Belt, One Road infrastructure initiative, also known as the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

Relations between China and Myanmar have been deeply affected by Myanmar’s ongoing political evolution, though China nevertheless sees Myanmar as a key player in its One Belt, One Road initiative. In an email interview, Yun Sun, senior associate with the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center, traces how bilateral ties have changed in recent years and how One Belt, One Road could potentially serve leaders of both countries—as long as significant political and economic risks can be mitigated. ...

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