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ASEAN must stop Myanmar from becoming cold war theater

  • Endy Bayuni

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, March 18, 2021   /  03:05 am
ASEAN must stop Myanmar from becoming cold war theater An armored vehicle drives next to the Sule Pagoda, following days of mass protests against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar, on Feb. 14. (Agence France Presse/Thet HTOO )

At the current rate, the crisis in Myanmar will have serious geopolitical and security implications, not only for the country itself but also for its Southeast Asian neighbors. An economically weak and politically unstable Myanmar makes it easy prey for China and the United States to wage their proxy battles. This is bad news for ASEAN. China’s nonchalant attitude towards the military coup in Myanmar raises speculations that it is ready to accept and recognize the junta as the legal representative government. At the most, Beijing has expressed concerns about the fate of its investment projects in Myanmar as some protesters opposing the military are venting anger at China’s business interests. China’s attitude stands in sharp contrast to the reaction of most of the rest of the world, which has condemned the Tatmadaw, Myanmar’s armed forces, for the Feb. 1 ...