China has watched its unrivalled economic privileges in Myanmar slip away as the poorest country in southeast Asia pivots to the West, writes guest expert Vaughan Winterbottom. The government in Naypyidaw is no longer the stalwart authoritarian ally to China it once was. But China is waiting in the wings as its growing ties and voice in Asian forums strengthen. Myanmar’s resources and strategic position are too important for China to ignore.

<i>Myanmar’s ongoing democratisation and pivot to the West poses a challenge for neighbouring China. China had previously enjoyed unrivalled economic privileges in the resource-rich country under the military junta. Myanmar has cancelled a n...

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 Vaughan Winterbottom
Beijing remains confident that the railway will be built, and is sticking to plans for a 29 kilometre (18 mile) rail tunnel through mountains on the Myanmar border. Indeed, there are recent precedents for its optimism that Myanmar will continue to do business with China despite the weight of popular opinion
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