søndag 27. september 2020

Could Chinese investments cost Suu Kyi the Myanmar election?

Come November, anti-China sentiment could well be the issue that sways a pivotal election – and not only in the United States. As Myanmar approaches its second vote since the end of military rule in 2011, all eyes will be on how Naypyidaw walks the tightrope between maintaining healthy ties with its largest neighbour and benefactor and managing simmering local discontent with a variety of China-backed economic projects.

For anyone who doubted China might be an election issue, the opposition Kachin State People’s Party is urging in its election manifesto the permanent abolition of the China-backed Myitsone Dam. In its 15-point manifesto for the election on November 8, the party – formed through a merger of six major Kachin parties in 2018 – pledges to “make efforts to halt the Myitsone Dam forever”.