Myanmar's ties with India, Japan and western countries concern China

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  1. Yusuf

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    Myanmar's ties with India, Japan and western countries concern China - TOI Mobile | The Times of India Mobile Site

    Myanmar's growing rapport with Japan, western nations and India could influence Sino-Myanmar relations and put pressure on China's "strategic space" in the southeast Asian nation, Chinese state media said on Sunday.-"The growing rapport between Myanmar and the west could influence Sino-Myanmar relations and put pressure on China's strategic space", a write-up in the official daily Global Times said.-It noted that Japanese deputy prime minister Taro Aso pledged debt relief of USD 5.74 billion and a fresh loan of 50 billion yen during his ongoing Myanmar visit, an attempt interpreted as targeting China, the article said.-"In addition, the Indian defence minister AK Antony will head for Naypyitaw later this month to "boost bilateral military cooperation and counter China's deep strategic inroads there," the article said.-"Myanmar is certainly undergoing changes. Some analysts hold that China's backyard is on fire and an anti-China front is gradually being shaped in Myanmar. This exaggerates the impact of these changes and underestimates the strength of the Sino-Myanmar relationship", it said.-"China is now Myanmar's biggest investor and second biggest trading partner, the two have considerable common strategic and economic interests," it said.-Added to the concerns is the current conflict between Myanmar army and Kachin rebels entrenched in areas bordering China.-Three bombs reportedly fired by Myanmar fighter jets fell on the Chinese side of the border causing damage recently.-While Chinese foreign ministry said a representation has been made to Myanmar to avoid similar incidents, China's airforce said no Myanmar jets violated Chinese airspace.-The armed conflicts in the north of Myanmar endanger the stability of the Sino-Myanmar border region. China should be more actively engaged in helping Myanmar solve domestic troubles, the article said.
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Re: Myanmar's ties with India, Japan and western countries concern Chi

    Myanmar is an important 'outpost' for China because it has created a road rail link to the Bay of Bengal port that opens its access to the Indian Ocean which is critical to China if the Straits of Malacca gets blocked naturally or because of conflict.

    The stoppage of China bound shipping will be critical for the oil import, if not for all import to China that has to traverse the Indian Ocean. This is when Gwadar and the Myanmar port will ensure that China is not starved of its requirement of oil and other imports.

    China' relations with Myanmar is important because apart from the access to the Indian Ocean, it also permit China to have an influence in Bangladesh. China is connecting Bangladesh by road and rail through Myanmar for the same so that their exports become road and rail bound and hence cheaper, causing Bangladesh to lap up the same.

    The Western influence in Myanmar will be a deathblow since if Myanmar becomes neutral, it will not work to Chinese interest and that would cause a great uncertainty and worry in all its facets as Mynamar would no longer be under the Chinese thumb.

    Militarily too it has its ramifications.

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