But with international investors shunning the military regime, China is one of the few countries willing to do business with the coup leaders and invest heavily in the country.
Reports further stated that official government gazettes revealed revealed that the junta ousted all civilian government members of the China Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) Joint Committee in March and replaced them with its own appointees.
The Irrawaddy wrote that Beijing signed an agreement on CMEC in 2018 with the ousted National League for Democracy (NLD) government. The estimated 1,700-kilometer-long CMEC is a crucial part of the BRI and will connect Kunming, the capital of Yunnan in southwest China, with Myanmar's major economic hubs - first to Mandalay in central Myanmar, then east to Yangon and west to the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Rakhine State.
Despite China’s proactivity it is only winning friends in government and not with the people on the ground given that they have failed to condemn the violence in Myanmar. Given the extent of its interests it is widely believed that Beijing, under Xi Jinping, is supporting the coup in Myanmar as, strategically and economically, China has much to gain if the Tatmadaw administer the country.
India’s approach is more stable even though it also walks the diplomatic tightrope. It is focused on Myanmar’s economic and social development but not at the cost of violence and the endangering of civilian lives.
For New Delhi, the Act East Policy is about curbing Chinese influence, but it is also about developing strong ties and economic links with southeast Asia. For that, it would need to put in the hard yards by ensuring that violence is curtailed - not just for Myanmar’s interests, but for the stability of the region as a whole.