Abstract: Unrest in Myanmar’s northeastern Kachin state is a headache for Beijing. Yet it is also an opportunity to promote
Chinese strategic aims in the country. China wants what Myanmar has – Indian Ocean access and an abundance
of natural resources to support its rise. As tensions mount, Beijing is planning its next move to counter growing US
and European influence.
Keywords: Myanmar, Kachin, China, Kachin Independence Army
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