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Group.png Myanmar  
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Location Burma (Myanmar) ASEAN.svg
Flag of Myanmar.svg
LocationAsia, South East Asia
Typenation state
Interest ofAlbert Einstein Institution
Member ofASEAN, UN
An strategic Asian state part of the "Golden Triangle" named by the CIA known for opium production. The military has a tight grip on the country. Location of a new coup in 2021.

Myanmar is a nation state in South East Asia.

Strategic Importance

Economic corridors running through Myanmar

The country is situated in a highly strategic location. It is the most realistic route for land transport between the two great Asian powers India and China, and between the rest of South East Asia and India /China. The country is the shortest route between the southern Chinese inland provinces and the Indian Ocean, for both goods import /exports and oil and gas imports. The US strategic planners fear China might circumvent a naval embargo in the Pacific by using Myanmarese ports, and even that China might use these ports as naval bases.

In addition, the country possess an immense wealth of natural resources, including large amounts of minerals, oil and gas, tropical timber and agricultural potential.

Deep state activities

In 1947, independence hero Aung Sang and his inner circle were assassinated by a group of paramilitary fighters armed by British officers. It was discovered that hundreds of guns were missing from a nearby British-run police department.[1]

The United States continuously worried about communist influence in Myanmar during the Cold War. After the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949, the Kuomintang took over large parts of the Golden Triangle in northern Burma as a base area. The entire campaign, with logistical support from the CIA, was illegal from the start. It not only violated Burmese sovereignty and destabilized the political situation in the fledgling Burmese state but also saw the KMT's large-scale involvement in the region's lucrative opium trade. Co-ordinated military operations from 1960 to 1961 between the PRC and Burmese governments expelled the remaining Chinese nationalist troops from Burma. [2] Most of the world's heroin kept coming from the Golden Triangle until the early 21st century when opium production shifted to Afghanistan after the US occupation.[3]

On 2 March 1962, the military led by General Ne Win took control of Burma through a coup d'état, and the government had been under direct or indirect control by the military since then Between 1962 and 1974, Myanmar was ruled by a revolutionary council headed by the general. Almost all aspects of society (business, media, production) were nationalised or brought under government control under the Burmese Way to Socialism, which combined Soviet-style nationalization and central planning.[4]

Since at least the 1970s, the CIA has supported the multiple ethnic minority militias fighting the central government[5]. Especially the support to the Karen group on the Thai border was strong[6], with use of "former" CIA officers under cover of being missionaries.

In 1988, a NED-supported attempt at change of government, the 8888 Uprising, failed when the military staged a coup d'état. The designated leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, very close to Britain, was put in house arrest until November 2010.[7] Throughout the 1990s, a CIA campaign to topple the military government included a mix of support for NGOs both in Burma and in exile, military support to the ethnic groups, and a campaign of economic sanctions[8] to crash the economy.

In August 2007, an attempted color revolution, the Saffron Revolution, failed.[9] On 10 September 2007, the CIA assassinated a rebel Karen commander from the Karen National Union who wanted to negotiate with the military government.[10]

In 2016, Aung San Suu Kyi became de facto head of government with the title State Counsellor of Myanmar (equivalent to a prime minister).[11]

Since the 2010s, the US has used its NGO proxies to stall Chinese-financed economic projects[12].


Why Myanmar's Civil War is Bad News for China

In Myanmar, after the coup in 2021, the Chinese government is getting involved as triads are running massive fraud scams from within the war-torn cities in Myanmar, resulting in Beijing silently supporting air strikes on Burmese people killing over hundreds in Pazigyi alone.[13]

After the 2021 Myanmar Coup, the army seized the assets of George Soros' Open Society Foundations and abducted and jailed their staff members, blaming OSF for - among other things - helping the opposition during the coup.[14][15]


Citizens of Myanmar on Wikispooks

Aung San Suu Kyi19 June 1945
U Thant22 January 190925 November 1974


Event Participated in

Bandung Conference19551955IndonesiaImportant conference for the global south; participants soon became prime targets for US foreign policy
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