China’s Role in Politics and Insurgencies in Myanmar.
Open lecture with Bertil Lintner
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.
Bertil Lintner is a former correspondent with the Far Eastern Economic Review, Hong Kong, the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet, the Danish dailies Information and Politiken, and Jane’s Information Group in the UK. He is currently with Asia Times. Lintner has written 22 books on Asian politics and history, including Outrage: Burma's Struggle for Democracy; Land of Jade: A Journey From India through Northern Burma to China; Burma in Revolt: Opium and Insurgency since 1948; Bloodbrothers: Crime, Business and Politics in Asia; Great Leader, Dear Leader: Demystifying North Korea Under the Kim Clan; Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma’s Struggle for Democracy; World.Wide.Web: Chinese Migration in the 21st Century; Great Game East: India, China and the Struggle for Asia’s Most Volatile Frontier; China’s India War: Collision Course on the Roof of the World; The Costliest Pearl: China’s Struggle for India’s Ocean; and The Wa of Myanmar and China's Quest for Global Dominance. Lintner lives with his family in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand.