Discussion: China-Myanmar ties

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has wrapped up a visit to Myanmar in which he met his counterpart and de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi. It was the first visit by a foreign official since the new government took office. What statement is intended with this visit, and what can be expected from the China-Myanmar relationship going forward? Suu Kyi will likely be appointed to a role similar to prime minister, although the bill was opposed by the country’s remaining military powers. What should her priorities be? And will a strong relationship with China help her in the formidable tasks of stabilizing the country and boosting economic growth? Join us for a discussion with Mr. Victor Gao, one of the directors of the China-Myanmar Friendship Association; Mr. Alistair Cook, research fellow with the Center for Non-Traditional Security Studies (NTS) at Nanyang Technological University; and Mr. Murray Hiebert, deputy director and senior fellow, Chair for Southeast Asia Studies at CSIS.

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