Cementing Ties With China

September 2004
Asia Monitor: South East Asia Monitor Volume 1;Sep2004, Vol. 15 Issue 9, p7
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The economic relations between Myanmar and China are flourishing as, for Myanmar, Beijing is a key source of aid and trade. In the past year, China and Myanmar have signed over 50 new bilateral agreements--seven of these covering trade, telecommunications, energy and mining were signed in July when Myanmar's prime minister, Khin Nyunt, paid a seven-day visit to China at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart, Wen Jiabao. It has long upheld a policy of' non-interference' in Myanmar's internal affairs, and although this should not necessarily be taken at face value, China is more concerned to ensure stability than democracy or improved human rights on its south-west border. Beijing almost certainly shares the concern of the military government in Myanmar that multiparty politics carries a risk of instability and even the disintegration of the Myanmar state.


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