The visit of Aung San Suu Kyi to Beijing this week illustrates a new willingness among Chinese leaders to engage with opposition figures in other countries, part of a new and more nuanced foreign policy to better protect China’s interests abroad.
She nevertheless stands to wield considerable influence if her party dominates the polls, according to Sun Yun, an expert in Myanmar-China relations at the Stimson Center in Washington.
“From the Chinese perspective, not having a relationship with Aung San Suu Kyi is a problem,” Ms. Sun said. “They need to figure out if she’s going to do damage to China’s interests in Myanmar, or whether she’s going to be conducive.”
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