Myanmar could be the Obama administration’s greatest geopolitical success story in Asia. A country that leaned heavily in China’s direction eight years ago now stands straighter, and arguably leans away from Beijing.
Needless to say, China has been working hard to regain its influence. Reuters reports:
China’s military wants to strengthen ties with neighboring Myanmar by having more exchanges and greater cooperation, a top officer told Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a visit to the Southeast Asian country, state media said on Saturday.
China has been on a diplomatic offensive ever since the Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s government came to power in April, aiming to forge good ties with its resource-rich neighbor.
Last month Suu Kyi visited China, where President Xi Jinping told her he wanted to ensure the “correct direction” of relations.