This paper examines the current scenario and roads ahead to the Sino-Myanmar relationships and its implications on Sino-India relationships. It gives a close look to the security challenges India can face as the implication of China-Myanmar relation today.
Myanmar and China share a 2153 kilometer border but had serious ideological differences in the initial decades after independence. Myanmar had adopted democracy from the British and the presence of Communist party activities were always under suspicion and thus Myanmar never tilted toward that ideology. It was only after the imposition of sanctions in 1990 by the world that both the nations brew closer ties. The reasons for this proximity has been described by many analysts as a marriage of convenience. Myanmar was not only in need of military hardware but also a close ally which could protect its interests and China was looking at its strategic priorities and economic engagement. However in 2007 when China thwarted the UN resolution in UNSC against Myanmar, the world first time openly witnessed the warm embrace. Soon after this China bagged the coveted 1400 kilometer oil and Gas pipeline from Bay of Bengal to underdeveloped Yunnan province. This was a real watershed in their bilateral relations.