Myanmar's Neighbours Past and Present
Northwest Yunnan, a place of stunning natural beauty.
Just across the border from Kachin State is the first bend of the Yangtze River. Many of the people of this area speak Naxi, a language closely related to Burmese (Myanmar) and more distantly to Jingpo/Jinghpaw and other Tibeto-Burman langauges. The Naxi kingdom was an independent kingdom until the 1950s.
Why relations with China is important
Getting relations with China right are critical for the country's economic future and for the success of the ongoing peace talks. Myanmar is today next door to the greatest industrial revolution of the 21st century - the lives of ordinary people will be shaped more by how it handles (or mishandles) this position than by almost anything else. Every major turn in Chinese history has had an enormous impact on Myanmar, from the Mongol conquests to the fall of the...