China paper sees Myanmar’s stronger ties with US
10 November 2015, Nirapad News: A Chinese newspaper linked to the ruling Communist Party warned Myanmar Tuesday not to leave its embrace for the US, as opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party was slated to wrest power from the military-backed government.
Beijing was Yangon’s closest ally during the later years of military rule, providing a shield from international opprobrium and a lifeline as a trading partner for the junta.
But China’s extraction of raw materials spurred popular anger across Myanmar, and Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy have vowed to better represent the will of the people.
As Myanmar’s quasi-civilian government has moved toward open elections and worked to improve relations with Western countries, ties with China have moved “from special to normal”, the Global Times, affiliated with Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily, said in an editorial.
Moving closer to the US would be “a witless move [that] would ruin the strategic space and resources it can obtain from China’s amicable policies”, the editorial said.