Is Burma’s rejection of a huge Chinese hydroelectric dam project a rare victory for civil society in a repressive country? Or does it indicate an internal dispute over the country’s dependence on China?
Northeast India, where seven states with different ethnic groups straddle three international borders, has always been a boiling pot of emotions and grievances. The rise of China and the spread of Islamist militancy have now injected a new dynamic.
Behind the Burmese junta's reluctance to admit foreigners lies the main fear: to lose control and, ultimately, power. Its partners in ASEAN are seen as no threat, but the regime is loath to allow aid providers from Western countries
China, Russia and India have weighed their economic and strategic interests and for now decided against showing a united front against General Than Shwe and his coterie of generals and colonels in Burma