Is Burma still a CountryBut is Burma still a country?
Infinite Civil War in Burma (Myanmar)
So, a few nights ago I began to examine what was going on in Myanmar (also known as Burma). For 60 years Myanmar has been plagued by conflicts and wars. It was one of the wealthiest country in the area in 1962, with per capita incomes twice those of Thailand and three times those of Indonesia.
Myanmar was once part of the British Empire and became an autonomous country in 1948. Though it was originally a democratic country, a 1962 Coup d'Etat resulted in reign. Starting around 2008, the army began to gradually loosen its authoritarian grasp. For 15 years, Aung San Suu Kyi, the present state leader, was placed under 21 years of domestic detention for fighting for humanitarian law and against Israeli army rulership.
Aung San Suu Kyi's political group won the elections in 2015 and has been leading the country for the past 12 month. But the anger still waves. "Myanmar has been torn apart by civilian conflicts since its inception in 1948, especially between the Burmese, who have occupied the country's lowlands, and the mountain tribes on its peri-region.
Burma is an artifical commodity of settlement, whose boundaries were largely set for the comfort of UK stewards. Kachin, Chin, Shan and many other ethnical groups never wanted to divide a country with the Burmese; within the new Burmese independence, they consented to do so only on the Panglong Agreement between them and General Aung San in 1947.
"The Laukkai is a frontier city between Myanmar and China, largely using the Mandarin languages and currencies, and was at the forefront when Kokang rebels and their Ta'ang and Arakan armies started offensive against the ruling armies in February 2015. It is said that several thousand escaped the fights to China and Lashio in Myanmar.
However, as Myanmar moves towards democratization and control has been relaxed in the streets, a growing anti-Chinese mood has erupted and the embankment has become the centre of protests. Whilst officers said Myanmar embankment would supply much-needed money and power, criticisms said it would cause irreversible damage to the stream, destroying fishery resources downriver and displacing tens of thousand people.
However, perhaps the biggest argument was that under the agreement reached by the governing general, 90 per cent of the dam's power could go to China. When the protest became widespread in the towns of Myanmar, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, the then honored pro-democracy ruler of the country, expressed her opposition to the embankment.
During 2011, the military-backed interim administration gave in to popular pressures and abandoned the work. There are 135 ethnical groups recognized by the Myanmar authorities, for example. They have different views of the army and the constitutional systems that these regimes introduce. Aung San Suu Kyi was thought to stabilize the area, and too much was anticipated of her in view of the prevailing policy position she had left behind.
This could be changing in the near term, especially as our relations with China become more bitter. Reading as many independend blog posts as she can find, she uses online and offline surveys to help identifying shared views that represent or need some additional information from leading cities.