Myanmar coup: Instability in neighbour not good for China

BEIJING – While the United States has wasted little time in condemning the coup in Myanmar, which reversed a move towards democracy over the past decade, China has taken a far more hands-off approach, refusing to denounce the military leaders who have suddenly plunged the country into uncertainty and authoritarian rule.

On Wednesday (Feb 3), China, along with Russia, blocked a United Nations statement censuring the regime change, refusing to be drawn into the political drama of a neighbour that has benefited significantly from its coffers.

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