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China Dismisses India’s New Friendship with Myanmar

Over the weekend we blogged about India’s expanding economic ties with Myanmar, where the ruling generals are opening the country up to suitors other than China, its traditional patron. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is currently making the first visit by an Indian head of state in decades, tying up deals to export Burmese natural gas to India and securing agreements for Indian businesses. Today we learn that—la di da—China doesn’t care.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Myanmar is seen as a poor show in China, a state-owned daily said Tuesday.

“Inside China, Singh’s visit failed to draw any notable attention,” said an editorial in the Global Times, which is known to reflect the thinking of the Communist party leadership.

“Most Chinese media only mentioned this news in brief, citing foreign news agencies. The rhetoric of China competing with India over Myanmar does not exist here,” it said.

The Times denied insinuation in a section of the Western and Indian media that the Indian leader’s visit to Myanmar is seen as a challenge to China’s growing influence in that country.

“China firmly believes that it can always hold an influential position there. The Myanmese know this better than anyone else,” the paper added.

Methinks the lady doth protest too much.

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  • Luke Lea

    Sounds to me like the Lady protesteth to little. The Chinese don’t have much respect for India as a competitor (which is not to say they don’t have tons of respect for individual Indian businessmen as competitors. It’s the quality of the base population that doesn’t impress them.

    Also, keep in mind, China has always had a “soft border” with her southern neighbors. The osmotic pressure runs north to south not the other direction. What can India do to effect that? What could Burma do?

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