China’s Support Is Emboldening Myanmar’s Military

A protester holds a placard with pictures of Min Aung Hlaing and Xi Jinping near the embassy of China during the demonstration (SIPA photo by Simon Shin).
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Myanmar’s return to the position of international pariah has created a new opening for Beijing. By moving in where the West, reeling from the junta’s shocking human rights abuses, has been reluctant to step in, Beijing hopes to boost China’s regional influence and secure access to vital natural resources.

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