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Tibet Sun

By Laden Tshering Samdup

KATHMANDU, Nepal, 5 September 2016

The modern history of Burma is dictated by vast forests of precious teak, rosewood, and golden camphor, covering almost half the country, jadeite deposit supplying 70% of the world’s requirement of high-quality jade, copper and other metals, mineral and precious stone deposits, hydro-power potential of 100,000 mw, proven reserves of 50 million barrels of crude oil, and 10 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Endowed with such a treasure trove of natural resources one would expect the Burmese to wallow in riches, but no, they live lives of abject poverty. Burma is one of the poorest nation in Asia, ranked 149th among the 183 nations rated by 2013 UNDP Human Development Report. One of the main reasons for such a sorry state of affairs being the 1370-mile-long border they share with China, and from where came political instability through a continuous state of internecine war, exploitation of Burma’s natural resources, and grabbing of locations of strategic interest to China.

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South China Morning Post

China’s national prestige and energy security among factors behind pressure being put on Aung San Suu Kyi
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 August, 2016, 2:37pm
UPDATED : Friday, 26 August, 2016, 9:18am

Relations between China and Myanmar took a positive turn this month during Aung San Suu Kyi’s five-day visit to China as Myanmar’s de facto leader.

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E-PAO

By Dr. Puyam Rakesh Singh | on August 25 , 2016

Was Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit pregnant with expectation for something in return? The Chinese goodwill necessary for resolution of ethnic problems along the China-Myanmar border areas is dear to Naypyitaw. Opening of the Myitsone project chapter could be a means at Myanmar’s disposal to bury the vexed ethnic armed movements. It means Myanmar is yet to see the desired constructive role of China in northern Myanmar.

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