Political Risk Analysis - Rakhine Not A Stumbling Block To Asian Relations - MAY 2018


BMI View: The mixed reception Aung San Suu Kyi got at the ASEAN-Australia meeting amid concerns over the Rakhine issue demonstrates the challenges Myanmar continues to face. However, the willingness of ASEAN and Australia to keep the lines of communication open with Myanmar suggests that the country's efforts to develop relationships with other countries are likely to continue gradually gaining traction despite its fall from favour with the West.

Myanmar State Councillor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi's mixed reception during the ASEAN-Australia conference in March highlights the challenges that the fledgling democracy faces as it attempts to strike a balance between strengthening external relations and ensuring domestic stability. While the Rakhine issue was a contentious one during the summit, the willingness of ASEAN and Australia to continue engaging with Myanmar despite the perceived lack of action on Suu Kyi's part suggests that Myanmar's efforts to develop bilateral ties with other Asian countries are likely to continue gaining traction despite its fall from favour with the West.

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