fredag 10. januar 2020

Chinese Leader's Mid-January Visit to Myanmar Seen as Boosting Belt And Road Projects

Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to visit Myanmar late next week to discuss bilateral relations and to push for a speedier build-out of Chinese development projects under his massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Myanmar analysts said Wednesday.

Neither the Myanmar nor Chinese government has released details of Xi's Jan. 17-18 trip — his first visit to the Southeast Asian country since 2009 — on the occasion of the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries. Myanmar analysts say Xi’s trip could bode well for the country’s faltering peace process and economic growth.

Beijing has encouraged rebel ethnic armies fighting Myanmar troops in border areas to meet with peace negotiators and agree to bilateral cease-fires with the government military. China’s primary motive for getting involved in the peace process is driven by its interest in securing border areas so that infrastructure investments in Myanmar under the BRI are not jeopardized, analysts believe.