This week Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to Myanmar which will be his first in 2020. This is the first Chinese president to visit Myanmar in almost 20 years. Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin paid a state visit in 2001. In the interlude, China became a world power, shaping global investments especially via the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in which Myanmar is also an important participant.
By Aung Tun
China’s trade with Myanmar expanded by 28.5 percent year on year in 2019 to 128.91 billion yuan (about 17.71 billion U.S. dollars), customs data showed Tuesday.
Authors: Jonathan T Chow, Wheaton College, and Leif-Eric Easley, Ewha Womans University
Some have called Myanmar a struggling beauty. Without a doubt, the country is beautiful, home to a number of unique heritage sites. Yet it is also a country that claims it has been widely misunderstood.
The Report of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar published last week is likely to dominate debates about the Rohingya refugee crisis and international policy choices in the coming months.