Modern China-Myanmar Relations

Dilemmas of Mutual Dependence

David I. Steinberg and Hongwei Fan

432 pp., maps and illustrations,
NIAS Monographs # 121

Hardback - 2012, Available
ISBN 978 87 7694 095 9 , £65
Paperback - 2012, Available
ISBN 978 87 7694 096 6 , £25.00

  • First book-length study examining the increasingly important and dynamic relationship between China and Myanmar.
  • Uses hitherto unavailable Chinese sources.
  • Concludes that Myanmar is not a client state of China, and their relationships have become more interdependent.

This volume examines the changing relations between China and Burma/Myanmar since Burmese independence in 1948 and the formation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. Using Chinese sources, it documents the negotiations and settlement of outstanding issues such as the border demarcation, the Chinese Nationalist forces in Burma, the status of the overseas Chinese residents, and the Burma Communist Party.

The study documents the Sino-Burmese riots of 1967, the improvement of relations, culminating in the close bilateral association since 1988–89. It analyses in detail Myanmar’s changing role in Chinese strategy, concentrating on trade and investment relations, oil, gas, hydroelectric power, natural resources and improved transportation. It outlines military cooperation, narcotics control, and migration while emphasizing Indian and ASEAN concerns and responses.

The volume outlines a set of policy dilemmas facing the central and provincial Chinese authorities, the Myanmar government and Burmese ethnic minorities, while analysing dilemmas for the United States, India, ASEAN and Japan in responding to the changed interdependent Sino-Burmese relationship.


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    Carol Ann Boshier's book 'Mapping Cultural Nationalism: The Scholars of the Burma Research Society,1910-1935' has been shortlisted for the EuroSEAS Humanities Book Prize 2019. Congratulations!

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