In fast changing world views such as from Xu Zeyu are a must for better understand between people and leaders.
” Xu Zeyu
I recently received messages from Myanmese friends urging me to publish views on China’s stance on Myanmar. Well, please first read this article from REUTERS, a Western news agency that usually doesn’t align with China in interest or ideology, and see for yourself the fact that the military takeover in Myanmar is NOT in China’s best interest and there is no solid reason for China to back this kind of act.
As the Reuters story articulated, total monthly trade volume between the two countries has quadrupled since the military stepped down in 2011. A military takeover would certainly jeopardize Myanmar’s opening-up to global economy, and by extension undermine the two countries’ signature project of China-Myanmar Economic Corridor under Belt and Road Initiative, around which China has already invested immensely in Kyaukpyu Port and other infrastructure projects. And I know a lot of Myanmese friends would fixate on China’s phrasing on the takeover, “cabinet reshuffle.” If you look closely at China’s records in responding to foreign regime changes and military coup’ etats, you would find that China was never eager to make a stance because of the “non-intervention” foreign policy. It is a policy based on the belief that what happens to another country’s political evolution is their own business, and it is not for us to presume to play God and decide who are the bad guys. If all this doesn’t suffice, please provide a concrete evidence of China’s meddling in Myanmar’s politics. By concrete evidence, I mean direct proofs, not some second-hand quotes or assumptive speculations.
I myself visited Naypidaw last January amid the country leaders’ state visit and I saw a country with potential for prosperity and yearning for change. It is my personal wish that the country get back on its feet soon enough and forge a future with its own visions.”