Where is Myanmar Located on the World MapMyanmar on the world map?
At five in the afternoon we were in Georgetown, the capital of Penang Island.
Myanmar's strategic value
Myanmar's geographical situation on the global chart puts Myanmar in a very strategical one. Bordering five neighboring states to the east, northeast and westerly, among them the two most populated states in the hemisphere, and the Gulf of Bengal to the southwest and southeast, it offers convenient accessibility to the world's main waterways.
With the blessing of such a situation, Myanmar could become the regional trade and transport centre. This could also act as a gate to the Far East, South-East Asia and South Asia. Looking back on our far-off past, the super-sea forces of the time, such as the British, the French, the Portugese and the Dutch, had their eye on our land, known to them as Burma, Burma, Birmin or Burma.
You competed for the favor of Burma's monarchs to deal with Burma. Imagining that it would be to their benefit if they could monitor trafficking in Burma. Although the British were the last in the Myanmar community, behind the Persians and the other Europeans, they had a hidden plan to annihilate him when they recognized the possibilities of our state.
Before they could realize their ambition, they wanted to find out whether there was a way that they could use as an overseas trade channel to China. Let me quote this example to underline the British recognition of the importance of our country's strategy since the 19th cent.
Later on, when these times in the past were the epochs of colonisation, the British used all means of provoke to get an apology for the annexation of Burma, and they managed to do so in the long run. A further proof of the strategical importance of our land was the building of the renowned Burma Road, which connects the railway capital Lashio and Kunming in the province of Yunnan.
This street was a strategical street constructed by the Nazi China in 1937 during the Second Sino-Japanese Wars (1937-1945) to ease the supply of US forces' armed assistance to the Nazi China forces of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, who resisted the invading Japan. All the seaports along the China seacoast had been taken over and shut down by the Japans, so the use of their seaports was denied to the Yemen.
Rangoon (Yangon) was selected to carry US aid from Rangoon port via Burma Road to China. That is why Burma has always been recognised as the back gate to China. This fact accelerated the pace of Japan's invasion of our land. Today, two of our big neighbors, China and India, are courting our land.
I believe that they are trying to gain entry to the Bay of Bengal and thus to the world's waterways. and Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Assam and many other states in northeastern India. Land transport between China and India could also thrive on Ledo Rd, another major US Army strategy route constructed during the Second War.
Giving them the liberty to act through our land, we will win a great deal, but there are also some disadvantages. Such a disadvantage is the confrontation in the South China Sea over the controversy over property or the supremacy over some small hard to find small sea-ends.
Let us not choose one state over another, for whatever reasons. Let us also try to use our tactical value to evolve our land and manage it discreetly and politically without provoke anyone.