News analysis

Xi gets back to business in Myanmar

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the presidential palace in Naypyitaw yesterday. Mr Xi is on a two-day visit to the country.
Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the presidential palace in Naypyitaw yesterday. Mr Xi is on a two-day visit to the country.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Chinese leader's rare single-country visit signals that days of frosty ties are long gone

Sino-Myanmar relations turned frosty almost a decade ago when Naypyitaw, eager to engage the West, alienated its longstanding patron.

Chinese President Xi Jinping's rare single-country visit to Myanmar starting yesterday is a declaration that those days are long gone and Beijing is getting down to business again, say analysts.

Please or to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM.

Enjoy unlimited access to ST's best work

  • Exclusive stories and features on multiple devices
  • In-depth analyses and opinion pieces
  • ePaper and award-winning multimedia content
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2020, with the headline 'Xi gets back to business in Myanmar'. Print Edition | Subscribe