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Type Journal Article - IDS Bulletin
Title China's Role in Burma's Development
Volume 45
Issue 4
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2014
Page numbers 70-84
URL http://opendocs.ids.ac.uk/opendocs/bitstream/handle/123456789/7325/IDSB_45_4_10.1111-1759-5436.12094​.pdf?sequence=1
China has been a long-standing partner for Burma (Myanmar), providing important political,
military and economic support. Burma’s reform process poses new questions and challenges for China.
China’s interests in Burma are primarily economic-driven by its need for strategic resources and are highly
controversial. This study argues that China’s approach to Burma’s development is determined by its own
national economic interests. Beijing’s view is that this is a ‘win-win’ situation. This is a view under critical
review in Burma as it seeks to re-balance its foreign relationships. This article details the critical point at
which Sino–Burmese relations now stand, explains Burma’s current development profile, outlines Chinese
involvement in Burma and explains China’s development approach to Burma in terms of China’s national
economic, political and security interests.

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