Opinion: -West’s Cynical Concern for Myanmar

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19-03-21 04:25:00,

West’s Cynical Concern for Myanmar

By Finian Cunningham

March 15, 2021 “Information
Clearing House
” –  –
Sputnik
News

–  The three Western powers on
the United Nations Security Council have
been highlighting concern for human rights
violations in Myanmar. But their “concern”
seems to have cynical motivation to make
problems for China.

Last week the Security Council issued a
statement condemning violence against
civilians by the military regime in Myanmar.
The Asian country has been thrown into
turmoil since the military seized power by
ousting a civilian government on 1 February.

More than 60 civilians have been killed
from soldiers firing on unarmed protesters
who are calling for the return of the
elected government. At least 1,500 people
have been detained including political
leaders.

Britain, the former colonial ruler of Burma
(now Myanmar), as well as the United States and
France, have been demanding that the Security
Council condemn the military takeover and subsequent
violence against civilians. Last week, the Western
powers

succeeded
in getting China to sign on to a joint
statement of condemnation.

Previously, China was

rebuked
by Western powers for siding with
Myanmar’s military after Beijing was accused of
giving political cover to its power-grab.

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China has invested billions of dollars
in making Myanmar a key node in its Belt and
Road Initiative for global trade. The country
provides transit for two Chinese-built pipelines
which transport natural gas and oil over 800
kilometres from the Indian Ocean into mainland
China. There are also ambitious projects
underway for rail transport and deep-water sea
ports.

Beijing had good relations with the civilian
government in Myanmar which became established in
2011 when the military junta handed over power and
permitted elections. Many of its ambitious projects
were negotiated with the elected politicians. It’s
fair to say that China is not happy about the
military’s sacking of the government. The insecurity
in the country is potentially jeopardizing billions
of dollars-worth of investments and crucial
infrastructure for China’s energy supply and
international trade.

That’s why the Western powers are relishing the
invidious position China is in over Myanmar.

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