In Myanmar, China should support the NLD and ditch the army
Myanmar has descended into darkness – the darkness that had long been familiar to thousands, millions residing within its borders; the darkness of unaccountable governance, but also a junta that seeks to oppress, to silence, and to eliminate any and all threats. A junta government that doesn't want the country to return to the economic destitution that had plagued it in the run-up to 2011, yet wants absolute discipline and order. In other words, a military government that knows exactly what it wants – yet clearly doesn't know that what it wants is destined to fail.
China has a stake in Myanmar. Indeed, I would argue that its stake extends to seeing the country's transition – from a military, autocratic, kleptocratic rule under generals and ‘strong men’ such as Min Aung Hlaing – into a full-fledged democracy. Peace and order matter, and it is imperative that China lives up to its motto and commitment on this front – it should prefer a representative, efficacious, and competent Myanmese government under the National League for Democracy, as opposed to the military. ...