Great Game: Reclusive Burmese Military Broadening Its Base?
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  • Luke Lea

    What you say makes sense, but China is a very ticklish challenge for everyone concerned, including China herself. How deep is her corruption, how capable her leadership, how real her economic miracle?

    How will she respond to a readjustment to the terms of trade with the U.S. which must almost inevitably occur, and should occur, in my opinion, in the interests of our people? Will she adjust or lash out? And if she does lash out (whatever the trigger) where do we draw the line on the extent of our commitment? Do we bluff?

    You don’t expect us to reduplicate the commitment we had to Europe vis-a-vis the old Soviet Union I presume. You wouldn’t seriously recommend we get involved in another land war in Asia would you? Where would you draw the line?

  • Steven Rood

    I think the piece neglected somewhat the economic difficulties facing the nation, and how engagement on that front might encourage a more liberal order. In particular, the IMF has been asked for assistance, and has engaged in some talks, but is prevented by sanctions from offering a real IMF program of reform.

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