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Saturday, May 19, 2012


Donald Pay

My daughter has been telling me about some of the border issues/problems between Myanmar and China for 6 years. One issue is pretty similar to the Keystone XL pipeline here. Environemntalists and locals think its a disaster in the making. Another is buidling of a hydroelectric dam that many in Myanmar don't want. The electricity would go to China. There are problems with the rice for opium substitution program that seems to be enriching agribusiness and bankrupting farmers. The minority populations in northern Myanmar are under constant pressure by the Myanmar army as they have called off their ceasefire with the rebel forces, and there are periodic reports of refugees moving into Yunnan Province in China. There are the drug and sex trade and warlordism that seems to go with it. It's pretty much a mess, and something that could turn into a flashpoint.

Ken Blanchard

Thanks for the informative comment, Donald. It is interesting that the regime in Burma has turned away from China. Good thing, that. No?


It's nice to see you acknowledge the State Department and President Obama did some things right. It seems all's well that ends well except the report I read regarding Chen's coming to America noted he was still ambivalent about leaving China as there is no guarantee he will be able to return.

Ken Blanchard

A.I.: I calls 'em like I sees 'em. I doubt that Chen will be allowed to return to China any time soon.

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