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Since its independence in January 1948, Myanmar has tried to find a way to deal with (at one time) ideologically hostile and traditionally chauvinistic China which has pursued a foreign policy aimed at restoring its perceived influence in Myanmar. To counter China’s attempts to influence Myanmar's foreign policy options has always been a challenge for the Myanmar government. Since the 1950s, successive Myanmar governments have realized that Myanmar's bilateral relations with the People’s Republic of China should best be conducted in the context of promoting the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, the Bandung spirit and the Pauk-Phaw (kinsfolk) friendship. The term Pauk-Phaw is exclusively devoted to denote the special nature of the Sino-Myanmar relationship. This work argues that Myanmar's relationship with China is asymmetric but Myanmar skilfully plays the "China Card" and it enjoys considerable space in its conduct of foreign relations. So long as both sides fulfill the obligations that come under "Pauk-Phaw" friendship, the relationship will remain smooth. Myanmar has constantly repositioned her relations with China to her best advantage. Myanmar's China policy has always been placed somewhere in between balancing and bandwagoning, and the juxtaposition of accommodating China's regional strategic interests and resisting Chinese influence and interference in Myanmar's internal affairs has been a hallmark of Myanmar's China policy. This is likely to remain unchanged.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. About the Cover
  2. p. ix
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. p. xi
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  1. Chinese Names
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. 1. Introduction
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  1. 2. Sino-Myanmar Relations 1948-1962: The Years of Charting the Water
  2. pp. 11-56
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  1. 3. Sino-Myanmar Relations 1962-1988: Into the Years of Living Dangerously
  2. pp. 57-104
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  1. 4. Sino-Myanmar Relations 1988-2010: Towards Closer Cooperation
  2. pp. 105-178
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  1. 5. Conclusion
  2. pp. 179-190
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  1. Appendices
  2. p. 191
  1. Appendix I
  2. pp. 193-209
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  1. Appendix II
  2. pp. 210-211
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 213-218
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 219-237
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 238
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789814345187
Related ISBN
9789814345170
MARC Record
OCLC
834963035
Pages
238
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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