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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar's isolation from West opens door for China and Russia

Beijing brokers peace talks and gifts a submarine while Moscow supplies arms

Myanmar military officials attend a commissioning ceremony of a submarine gifted by China in December. (Photo courtesy of Myanmar's Ministry of Information)

JAKARTA -- When a delegation of senior Myanmar military officers held face-to-face talks with representatives from six ethnic minority militias last month in the northeast border city of Mongla in Shan state, they were joined by people from outside the country.

"At least five people linked to Chinese governing authorities were present," a high-ranking Myanmar officer told Nikkei.

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