28 November, 2020

The Burma Road

Myanmar’s clever route to integration, and India’s possible role in it

The Burma Road

The image may become iconic, a visual representation of a decisive moment in the modern history of Myanmar—United States secretary of state Hillary Clinton warmly hugging Aung Sang Suu Kyi, the lady who has spent much of her political life demanding democratic freedoms and being incarcerated in answer. Since the much-celebrated embrace had the approval of the Myanmar government—though elected, it consists of several former generals—it has sparked off a furious debate: does 2011 mark the beginning of the end of Myanmar’s isolation? What does the West’s rapprochement with Naypyidaw mean for the region and the world?

No wonder, foreign policy wonks in Delhi too are trying to foretell the future from their interpretation of Hillary’s visit. They believe it expands Myanmar’s foreign policy options and allows India to work with the West to check China’s awesome clout in Myanmar. But there’s a flip side—Washington’s engagement with Naypyidaw will enable the...



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