Myanmar, is it just too complex for some to understand?

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by Slime, Sep 13, 2017.

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  1. Movement on the "Will or won't Britain stop giving military training to the Burmese" front:

    UK suspends aid for Myanmar military

    "The UK government has suspended financial aid to Myanmar's military amid "ongoing violence" in the country, formerly known as Burma.

    Violence in the Rakhine state has seen more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.

    The Ministry of Defence said it had suspended £300,000 of funding until the current situation was resolved."

    Must not have liked the adverse publicity they were getting over what amounts to quite a small amount of money in the overall international aid budget and saw it as an easy sop to give their critics.
  2. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    most likely be done differently
  3. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer

    Dead on...

    I had dealings with the DA in Rangoon in 1988-91.

    Someone worked quite hard to work up even a modest 300k for Burma in MoD,doubtless in the teeth of horrified opposition from FCO.

    Burma is a country the size of France.

    The Chinese and Japanese have been all over it like a rash in terms of exports for the past 30 years.. Even the French have got their fingers in the pie cf Total and Martaban gas field.

    Total acquires 40% interest in Myanmar offshore block

    We should be selling Range Rovers and BMW Minis there just as we do in volume to China.

    And before anyone pipes up
    "No millionaires in Burma ". - agreed, but not the point...Britain makes a fistful of other kit that could find a ready market there.
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  4. We (well, you) should help them sort out their roads first. With the exception of Naypidaw the roads are shocking.
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  5. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer

    An area in which Belait leads the world, naturlich.

    Stand aside Hino - this is a job for McAlpine,JCB and the notorious Roadside Killers.

    We also manufacture hovercraft,apart from inventing them. The Irrawaddy and the Salween are major transit routes.

    The DA in question opted for an old style Range Rover as his official auto...cos it would go anywhere.
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  6. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    sell them the cars, they realise they need roads and then bingo more roads and more cars!
  7. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer

    GIve that man a Renault Zoe...
  8. Shed loads of cars there now, unfortunately. It's been bad in Yangon for years: they even banned motor bikes about 10 years ago there, to try to stop the suicidal cutting about of untrained people on scooters. Now the sanctions are lifted there are lots of new cars blocking the place up.

    Apart from NPD, which is a ghost town

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  9. Western logic, sadly.
  10. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    However if we want to sell cars?
  11. Cheaper sources locally, over the border from Thailand.
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  12. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer

    14086242_10154421829662179_912905947801093073_o (1).jpg Happily for UK ,not everyone demands cheaper....
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  13. What's more, as a gesture of independence they switched over to drive on the right.

    They used Thai cars because they were cheap, available over a porous border and the provenance was less than kosher.

    Now that sanctions are off, it's all about shiny new LHD Japanese cars.

    If the follow the same trend as Cambodia, there may well be interest in Range Rovers, but this will be a niche buy at the top end.

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  14. What if what's happening to these Rohynga causes sanctions to be re-imposed? I'm not really sure it's possible, but the UN does have form for making some odd decisions.
  15. That's a really good question.

    I mean, really good.

    They could, but...

    The west have invested so much political and emotional capital into her, that if they re-impose sanctions onto Myanmar, the Army will effectively have free reign to remove her, as she will be a busted flush.

    On the other hand, she appears determined to do nothing (for reasons described in previous posts) and the more this continues the more she will prove herself as just another politician rather than a statesman/stateswoman, and there will be greater call for something to be done.

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