China’s Role in Politics and Insurgencies in Myanmar

15:00 to 17:00
Open Lecture

This talk will be about China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Myanmar as a key link in Beijing’s attempts to connect its markets with the outside world and build and secure vital supply lines. Myanmar, therefore, is of utmost strategic importance for China. While the West is promoting democracy and human rights in Myanmar, China has an entirely different agenda. In order to protect its long-term interests — mainly direct access to the Indian Ocean — China also deals with actors on both sides of the political divide: the military junta as well as the opposition. China trades with the junta in Naypyitaw as well as with ethnic armed organizations in Myanmar’s frontier areas, it sells military equipment to the Myanmar military — and groups such as the United Wa State Army. Bertil’s talk will discuss how these relationships align with China’s broader strategic goals in the region.

Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University
Asia Library, Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Sölvegatan 18 B, Lund