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From Myanmar to Afghanistan: Can China forge a new Asian order?

Beijing has been boosting its influence in the region after US retreat

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, meets Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar of the Taliban in Tianjin, China, in July. (Reuters)

TOKYO -- More than a few people will have noticed the similarities between the military takeover of Myanmar in February and the way the Taliban Islamic militant group swept into Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, last month.

In both, a government created through democratic processes was toppled by force. And in both, events started moving quickly soon after key figures met with Wang Yi, China's state councilor and foreign minister.

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