Myanmar: China’s Back Door to the Indian Ocean

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Myanmar: China’s Back Door to the Indian Ocean

Course Dates:

Friday, July 2, 2021


9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Via Zoom

Myanmar: China’s Back Door to the Indian Ocean
a talk by Dr. Miemie Winn Byrd

With over 2000 kilometers of coastline along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, proximity to the western entrance of the Malacca Strait, and a direct linkage to the Indian Ocean, Myanmar is a geographically significant country in Asia. China considers Myanmar a strategically imperative country for its geostrategic positioning and overall grand strategy to lead Asia and diminish US access and influence in the region. The recent military coup in February 2021 put a monkey wrench into Beijing’s plans.  Despite its preference for the civilian-led government, China appears to have placed its bet on the side of the military junta.  If the Myanmar people prevail, Beijing will have a very difficult time finalizing the back door through Myanmar in the post-crisis environment.  This session will explore how geopolitics and strategic competition between major powers could shape the outcome for Myanmar.

Dr. Miemie Winn Byrd is a Professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in Honolulu, Hawaii.  She holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California.  She researches, publishes, and teaches in the areas of US-Myanmar (Burma) relations; security dynamics of Southeast Asia; and linkages between the role of education, economic development, gender, the private sector, and security in the Indo-Pacific region. Dr. Byrd served in uniform as the Deputy Economic Advisor at U.S. Pacific Command prior to her position at DKI APCSS and worked in the private sector for sixteen years. She is an Adjunct Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu and a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles.


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July 2
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