Under pressure in Shan State, Myanmar junta takes aim at China

In the latest sign of its strained relationship with its closest ally, the regime has allowed rare protests targeting the Chinese government

Relations between Myanmar’s military junta and its most important international ally appear to have reached an historic low point as the regime continues to suffer major losses to an alliance of ethnic armed groups in the country’s northeast.

The first sign of the growing strain came on November 8, when the head of the coup regime, Min Aung Hlaing, alluded to “Chinese-made drones” during an emergency meeting of the National Defence Security Council held to discuss Operation 1027, the anti-junta offensive launched by the Brotherhood Alliance in northern Shan State on October 27.

According to state-run newspapers, he also said that the offensive would not have been possible without at least the tacit support of China, the country that has long shielded successive Myanmar regimes from the full impact of international censure.

Since then, the beleaguered military council has gone even further in blaming China. . .

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