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Blood, Dreams and GoldThe Changing Face of Burma$
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Richard Cockett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300204513

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300204513.001.0001

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A new “great game”

A new “great game”

The geopolitics of change

(p.214) Chapter Nine A new “great game”
Blood, Dreams and Gold

Richard Cockett

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the international context surrounding Burma's reforms. Two countries in particular have played an outsize role in Burma's evolution over the last couple of decades: China and America. Burma held historic connections with neighboring China, though it also developed more recent relations with the United States. During the 1990s, however, China held a more active interest in its relationship with Burma, though the latter would soon grow disillusioned at China's monopoly over the nation's political economy. When China's own influence over Burma began to decrease, the Burmese government appeared to have turned to the West to compensate for the loss of Chinese goodwill. The situation, however, is more complicated than it appears, as the chapter will explain.

Keywords:   international context, China, United States, 1990s, political economy, Burma's evolution, Burma's reforms

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