Is Burma China's Satellite State? The Answer is Yes
By AUNG ZAW Friday, May 27, 2011

(Page 2 of 2)

During his visit, Thein Sein is expected to discuss in depth the issue of China's navy docking in Burmese ports, and the Chinese desire to provide naval protection for its oil and gas facilities at the Burmese seaport of Kyaukpyu in the Bay of Bengal.

Informed sources have said that Chinese officials are not suggesting a Chinese navy base in Burma, but simply having the permission to dock their warships at Burma's ports while they are patrolling the Indian Ocean and Somali coast.

Returning from a counter-piracy operation in the Indian Ocean in August 2010, two warships, the Guangzhou and the Chaohu, docked at Thilawa Port, near Rangoon, for a five-day visit.

Other issues of mutual concern, such as border security, military relations and business agreements, are expected to take a back seat on this particular visit.

China has also played a friendly intermediary role between Burma and North Korea since the two countries formally restored diplomatic relations in 2007.

Interestingly, the previous regime’s secret military missions to North Korea were taken via China.

It can safely be said that Beijing approves of and backs Burma’s desire to develop military contacts with North Korea. Overall, it looks like China’s role as a big brother to Burma will continue, and we can foresee China and Burma developing deeper military ties.

China also protects Burma from the teeth of the UN Security Council.

Various Burmese military leaders have either quietly or openly expressed admiration for China’s economic growth—it is the model they want to follow in their quest for economic reform. In fact, they fondly talk about Shanghai’s skyscrapers, with no mention of New York.

No doubt then that China is an important ally for the repressive regime to fend off the scathing opinions of Western governments, which have long criticized the junta’s appalling human rights records and are now backing the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry into crimes against humanity in Burma. China protects the regime and bullies the Western critics to back off any Naypyidaw when it faces a crucial censure or resolution.

Since November's deeply flawed election has won international backing, Chinese officials will strengthen their hand with the confidence that Naypyidaw owes them, and that they have much more to gain from Burma’s new government.

Ambassador Li praised Thein Sein's first presidential speech delivered, suggesting that it provided a strong signal to the people of Burma and the international community that the new government will make greater efforts in developing the economy, speed up its rate of opening doors to the outside world, improve the living standards of its people, and strengthen the ties between different nationalities based on foundations laid by the previous government.

Li told Xinhua that Burma’s new government is more self-confident and more active diplomatically, after seeing Thein Sein at the Asean Summit in Indonesia.

Consequently, as Beijing spreads its wings of influence in Asia, Thein Sein's visit will be seen as an important step in ensuring that close neighbor Burma remains a strategic ally in the foreseeable future.

It doesn’t matter to Beijing how many political prisoners are being locked up or how many ethnic minorities are slaughtered in the ongoing civil war in Burma—as long as the regime is stable, and China’s national interests are untouched.

To Chinese, as the saying goes—it doesn't matter whether it is a white cat or a black cat, as long as it can catch mice.

  1  |  2  | 

Please read our policy before you post comments. Click here
E-mail:   (Your e-mail will not be published.)
You have characters left.
Word Verification: captcha Type the characters you see in the picture.

ZawGyi Wrote:
@ Myanmar Patriots

You say, ..."Burma fell into china's laps because of traitor SuuKyi;..

How dare you call her a traitor? She was duly elected by a landslide with a people's mandate to rule.

The Junta didn't keep its promise to hand over power to duly elected representatives.

If anybody is a traitor, that's you and the Junta for disobeying the people's mandate. You are all illegal, ruling by the gun like robbers and thieves.

To hell with you!

You have the gall and the bluster to come up with your antique and far fetched Shwebo Min mirage.

ZawGyi Wrote:
The few students were from just ONE Kemmendine, Chinese school, recently nationalized. They were wearing these badges since long time before. It was nowhere outside this school.

Ne Win govt could’ve arrested these students and put them on trial. A simple police case. Instead, it splashed this on front pages. Its MI spread lies and rumors that students held teachers hostage, raped, and killed them. It sent out soldiers without uniforms to lead hooligans to rob, burn, and kill other innocents. They were unrelated to the students or the badges, staying in their own homes.


How can a few students in a recently nationalized school export a revolution? LOL! For that, Mao could have sent arms and men to various insurgents in neighboring countries to topple governments. He didn't.

BTW, since you are in America, do you burn, kill, or rob people for wearing whatever?

Victimizing victims twice, you’re always fond of your dirty work.

ZawGyi Wrote:

There you go again! Blatant lies.

You talk about Mao exporting “Cultural Revolution.” Far from it!

Click Wiki link below:

“…Public attention was successfully diverted by Ne Win from the uncontrollable inflation, scarcity of consumer items and rising prices of rice. …”

FYI, we were there, too.

There was a severe rice shortage! Burma was in dire crisis! Many faced starvation.
Sky high rice prices. Mutinous soldiers‘ rumblings, leaving barracks, searching for rice for families…

Once, the biggest rice exporter, what happened?

Under Burmese Way to Socialism, industries and trade were nationalized. Rice trade under Govt’s monopoly. Ne Win govt used Mao badges worn by a FEW young Chinese students as an excuse. It cunningly twisted this to create anti-Chinese riots, diverting attention from a food crisis that it couldn't solve. (Contd)

Myanmar Patriots Wrote:
tocharian Wrote:

1."I was there in 1967 during the anti-Chinese riots in Rangoon and I remember even some of my ethnically Chinese or half-Chinese fellow students from RASU (Rangoon Arts & Science University) were upset at the way CCP (under Mao-Tse-Tung) was trying to export the "Chinese Cultural Revolution" forcefully into Burma. That angered Ne Win a.k.a. Shu Maung (half-Chinese). The Chinese strategy is different now but the goal is the same: control Burma"


2."and they have basically succeeded thanks to Than Shwe, that dumb tayoke pay min (King who gave away the country to the Chinese)."

RUBBISH! Burma fell into china's laps because of traitor SuuKyi;SLORC and USDP had to act pragmatically and expediently in the face of English orchestrated anti-Burmese propaganda.

Myanmar Patriots Wrote:
Erik, Thank you very much.

Welcome, Ashin Erik. How about choosing a Burmese name?

If only NLD has a modicum of intelligence- doesn't have to match yours - Burma could make good and fast progress.

Erik Wrote:
Tettoe Aung wrote: "It's not fair that people said that sanctions put Burma into the arms of China."

Why not? The facts are only pointing in this direction. Also, off the record military people will tell you that they don't like the Chinese, the economic dependency and the Chinese "economic invasion" in some parts of Burma. They'd rather have something to choose.

This whole "civilian government" and democratic transition thing is also meant to lure western money back in. We both know the NLD is blocking this for ages (the US bases its policy mainly on ASSK). Western competition for the Chinese investments means better prices for the Burmese and more development. How can you not like that?

Tettoe Aung Wrote:
It's not fair that people said that sanctions put Burma into the arms of China. To me it the 'total betrayal' of the military. My relatives gave their lives, not just theirs but also of their families as well, fighting Chinese incursions with the use of CPB (Communist Party of Burma. The military have no respect for those who sacrificed their lives but to get into bed with the Chinese. Afterall the Chinese PLA didn't have to fire a single shot to occupy Burma. But if and when the tide turns (and it will sooner or later) I cannot anticipate the carnage. The say, you have to be afraid of the sword nearest to you.

Erik Wrote:
Naymin wrote: "Apologists, proxies and even some governments relay news that the new government is making progress and sanctions are to be lifted. They are to be strongly condemned. Let’s listen to those thugs, so-called “third force” and puppet presidential “advisors” how they will make excuses."

Well, one thing is for sure: people who let their emotions/hate rule their policies and opinions will never bring about the slightest bit of positive change in Burma.

This apoligist/proxies mantra is getting stale. The world isn't black and white. The fact of the matter is that the only way forward is pushing the government softly in the right direction and hope they won't relapse. I sincerely thing that a Western presence can be beneficial, and certainly more beneficial than Chinese occupation.

Naymin Wrote:
The answer is yes, definitely. Whose fault is it? The answer is junta, because, they invite them and willingly to be a “slave”.

Almost every year Wunna Mg Lwin shouted noisily at UN that Burma would not allow anybody to touch national sovereignty. TShwe and group always boasted of they were great patriotic Tatmadaw-tha, except them nobody in Burma could protect/save Burma.

Unfortunately, it is these generals pocketed and handover Burma’s national resources to China. Even worst, they will let China to occupy Burma starting from navel base.

Apologists, proxies and even some governments relay news that the new government is making progress and sanctions are to be lifted. They are to be strongly condemned. Let’s listen to those thugs, so-called “third force” and puppet presidential “advisors” how they will make excuses.

Release all political prisoners, conduct reconciliation, and build a genuine and united democratic government to be led by DASSK are only remedies for Burma.

rannine Wrote:
Hi Nyi Nyi,

Don't worry for swallowed up by Paukfaws. After swallowing up, there is no problem. Problem is before and during the swallowing up. Miandien will be slaves (girls are sex-slaves) of paukfaws at that time.

George Than Setkyar Heine Wrote:
Now you are saying!

China has put Than Shwe/Thein Sein in its pocket since long ago.

Bao Youxiang heading the UWSA and Shan rebels have secured Burma's northern border, while Chinese warships are berthing at Kyauk-hphyu, Arakan State, port to protect Chinese interests in Burma.

Chinese are building rails, roads, dams, pipelines and mining are ongoing in Burma managed by Chinese and even Chinese army personnel are seen at work sites in Burma.
Who is safeguarding Burma's national sovereignty and territorial integrity today?
Burma Army?

No way, it is China stupid!

MHK Wrote:
What is the main message of this article?
Myanmar is a Chinese Satellite state? And then?

Therefore as many in Rich Tatmadaw society/third forces points out and openly say, the US should demonstrate its eagerness for serious engagement with Myanmar's new government and lift or ease the sanctions even before the preconditions are respected i.e the release of political prisoners or stop human rights abuse?

Or it wants to remind democracy forces especially NLD there is serious danger of Chinese strong support NayPyiDaw receives? and it needs to update and modify it's strategy?

Erik Wrote:
I agree with Aung Zaw that Burma is a client state of China. But I wonder why Aung Zaw ignores the coming about of this relationship.

Until the downfall of the CPB China supported the communists in their struggle against the regime, yes. After that Burma was driven into the hands of China because the West didn't want to deal with the regime anymore.

At least Aung Zaw could've mentioned that the sanctions policies of the West, which came about partly because ASSK and the NLD asked for it, narrowed down the options for the regime. With the result that people in Mandalay now feel like they are living in China...

Fred Wrote:
China could swat the North Korean government out of its way, particularly at a moment such as this, yet it doesn’t. North Korea’s only sizeable exports are drugs, counterfeit money, missile systems, and nuclear technology. It would be unrealistic to think that North Korea and Burma could engage in meaningful trade if China objected. Thus all of the diplomats are visiting China, so China can match their stories against each other in a timely manner, to stay informed.

For the past few decades China has embraced the philosophy that, if you travel in a nice direction, you will reach a nice destination. (This worked pretty well for the ancient Roman Empire.) Where does China think it’s going with the Burmese/North Korean trade issue?

Nyi Nyi Wrote:
Before the British colonised Burma they were already in India for 100 years and had taken over more than half of the world. The uneducated Burmese kings were ruling the population based on astrology, assassinating would-be rival princes, etc. Everything outside the royal palace was just farmers living poorly. Compare those with now. Everything outside Naypyidaw is neglected. The country is ruled by uneducated Than Shwe who thinks himself a king. He is corrupted and superstitious. The difference between now and then is that this time it will not be the British that will colonise Burma. It will be China and unlike British rule that lasted for 100 years it will be permanent. The Burmese race of 60 millions will be swallowed up by billions of Chinese.

Nyi Nyi Wrote:
All credits to so called "patriotic" Myanmar Tatmadaw selling off the country to China.

Venus Wrote:
Politics is dirty. Today's enemy is tomorrow's friend in politics. On int'l front, no country can be isolated alone. You all and we all did isolate "Myanmar government" in engaging with US, EU, the powerful hegemonies because of No Democracy. So this is the only answer, China and North Korea become alliance of Myanmar to exploit our resources. All we lack is Strategy. You see Thailand's strategy. Never been a colony of any country, able to slice the brains of foreigners, but they can kick them out any time they want, protecting rights only for Thai citizens. In contrast, spirit of Myanmar in heart is not like Thai, that's why no need to copy the same strategy. But we all have to find ways to solve the problems, instead of blunt talking, complaining and blaming. Find Strategies to move our country forward, not to let any more sinking.

Joseph Tan Wrote:
You have no idea what you had written.
Burma is China's Satellite State? My feet are laughing!!

Tettoe Aung Wrote:
Spot on U Aung Zaw! Can you imagine what could have happen if the military said that 'they don't love the country at all'?

Unthinkable, isn't it? We can be relieved that at least they say they love the country and not the Chinese. When the military first took over in 1958 there was a joke that, "We have to be afraid of whoever with the trousers, and that includes Chinese women."

Now the only weapon we can protect against China's 'peaceful gobbling' (like 'peaceful rise')is 786 and Min Gyi Min Galay or 'swine flu'. To rely on the military, it will be like asking help from your unfaithful wife against the robber.

tocharian Wrote:
I was there in 1967 during the anti-Chinese riots in Rangoon and I remember even some of my ethnically Chinese or half-Chinese fellow students from RASU (Rangoon Arts & Science University) were upset at the way CCP (under Mao-Tse-Tung) was trying to export the "Chinese Cultural Revolution" forcefully into Burma. That angered Ne Win a.k.a. Shu Maung (half-Chinese). The Chinese strategy is different now but the goal is the same: control Burma and they have basically succeeded thanks to Than Shwe, that dumb tayoke pay min (King who gave away the country to the Chinese). It's too late now to get out of China's iron grip with all the Chinese Yuan and the Y-chromosomes (China has a surplus of men) embedded now in Burma not to mention all those slaves who want to serve their Chinese Big Brother-in-laws for a handful of Yuan. The country of my ancestors is morally dead.

Long live Mian Dian, the new chopstick country!

Mualcin Wrote:
Absolutely YES. Do we need to see more evidences? Many Chinese who speak no Burmese carry both Chinese and Burmese citizenship cards traveling back and ford between China and Burma. The Chinese are doing whatever they want in Burma. The Burmese leaders bow down their heads to the Chinese leaders. This Than Shwe's puppet government does not deserve to be called Democratic Government at all. We want Suu Kyi and NLD now.

More Articles in This Section

bullet Sizing Up an Icon

bullet Fighting Corruption Begins at Home

bullet Future of Exiled Burmese Media

bullet How Much Freedom Does Burmese Media Enjoy?

bullet Five Days in Burma

bullet Turning Burma into Next Asian Tiger No Simple Task

bullet With Suu Kyi On Board, Is Burma Finally Moving Toward Real Change?

bullet The ‘Rule of Law’ in Burma

bullet New Doors are Opening in Burma

bullet A Good Beginning to the New Year

Thailand Hotels
Bangkok Hotels
China Hotels
India Hotels


Home |News |Regional |Business |Opinion |Multimedia |Special Feature |Interview |Magazine |Burmese Elections 2010 |Archives |Research
Copyright © 2008 Irrawaddy Publishing Group. All Rights Reserved.