What Xi can do to take Myanmar ties beyond economics

The Rohingya crisis and ethnic insurgencies offer opportunities for China to show leadership

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Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a two-day visit to Myanmar from tomorrow. This will be the first state visit to the country by a Chinese president since Mr Jiang Zemin's trip in 2001.

Mr Xi will meet State Counsellor-cum-Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi and military chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, while in Myanmar. The visit by the Chinese leader is significant for a number of reasons.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 16, 2020, with the headline 'What Xi can do to take Myanmar ties beyond economics'. Subscribe