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In the Name of Pauk-Phaw: Myanmar's China Policy Since 1948 by Maung Aung Myoe

By Maung Aung Myoe

Considering that its independence in January 1948, Myanmar has attempted to discover the way to take care of (at one time) ideologically adverse and characteristically chauvinistic China which has pursued a international coverage aimed toward restoring its perceived effect in Myanmar. To counter China's makes an attempt to persuade Myanmar's international coverage recommendations has consistently been a problem for the Myanmar govt. because the Fifties, successive Myanmar governments have discovered that Myanmar's bilateral family members with the People's Republic of China should still most sensible be performed within the context of selling the 5 rules of peaceable Coexistence, the Bandung spirit and the Pauk-Phaw (kinsfolk) friendship. The time period Pauk-Phaw is solely dedicated to denote the targeted nature of the Sino-Myanmar courting. This paintings argues that Myanmar's dating with China is uneven yet Myanmar skilfully performs the "China Card" and it enjoys significant area in its behavior of international family. as long as either side satisfy the tasks that come less than "Pauk-Phaw" friendship, the connection will stay delicate. Myanmar has regularly repositioned her family with China to her most sensible virtue. Myanmar's China coverage has consistently been put someplace in among balancing and bandwagoning, and the juxtaposition of accommodating China's local strategic pursuits and resisting chinese language effect and interference in Myanmar's inner affairs has been an indicator of Myanmar's China coverage. this can be more likely to stay unchanged.

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E. Burmese nationals residing in China or Chinese nationals residing in Burma, to respect the laws and social customs of the country in which they reside and not to take part in the political activities of that country. Each government would be willing to protect the proper rights and interests of the nationals of the other country residing in its country. 45 In sum, the 1954 U Nu visit to China was a milestone in Sino-Myanmar relations. This new development was also as a result of changing perceptions and political realities in China.

However, on 8 June, the KMT commander in Kengtung demanded the release of the KMT soldiers and announced that he would attack if the Myanmar army pursued further attacks on the KMT. In the Myanmar government report, Their arrogance was demonstrated by their seizure of Tachilek and the fortification constructed along Kengtung/Tachilek road up to 81st mile. 51 The Myanmar army launched a military operation in the second week of June and succeeded in driving the KMT troops stationed along the KengtungTachilek road away.

Anxious to convince China that it would not do anything detrimental to Beijing’s strategic interest in Myanmar, the Yangon government promoted PRC’s diplomatic image regionally and internationally. By early 1954, Yangon had convinced the Chinese leadership that it had much to gain from improved relations with neutralist Myanmar. This might have prompted Chinese policy-makers to pursue a flexible policy toward Myanmar in order to advance China’s security interests. Myanmar was one of the first countries to adopt the “Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence” with China.

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