Just five years ago, Myanmar’s lifeline to the world ran along the Burma Road into China.
The Southeast Asian nation, one of the world’s poorest, was for years heavily reliant on China as a source of investment in the most basic infrastructure.
But China’s role has been muted. Investment from the country fell from US$12 billion between 2008 and 2011 to just US$400 million for the 2012-13 financial year, according to a report from the Stimson Centre, a Washington think tank.
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