In what seems likely to be a concerted and protracted charm offensive, China has been inviting hundreds of Myanmar opinion-formers to “improve understanding” on their part of China’s intentions. China is telling Myanmar that it knows Myanmar has changed, and that China’s attitude has changed too.
“I think it’s wrong to just assume that all Myanmar public opinion is against China and Chinese projects,” said Ms Yun. “If the projects are in the interests of the Myanmar people, why should they oppose them? This requires China to be fairer and more willing to share benefits, but it also requires the Myanmar government to educate its public. I have no doubt that the National League for Democracy government will safeguard Myanmar’s national interests in bargaining with China,” she said.
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