tirsdag 16. mars 2021

China’s interests going up in flames in Myanmar

When unknown assailants torched at least ten Chinese-financed factories in Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone, Beijing was quick to urge Myanmar’s military leaders to ensure security for its investments. China’s state-run Global Times newspaper, often a reflection of Beijing’s unvarnished but not publicly stated official views, said it “strongly condemned such barbaric acts.” At the same time, the mouthpiece outlet tried to strike a middle ground in the nation’s escalating street conflict, where military forces are intensifying their lethal assault on unarmed protesters.

An estimated 74 anti-coup protesters were killed on March 14, bringing total protest-related fatalities since the February 1 coup to 183, according to the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners, an independent monitoring group.