Is Burma the next Afghanistan?

Graham Lees over at World Politics Watch thinks so. He's been tracking the high-stakes poker game that the country's ruling military junta has been playing with its 10 trillion cubic foot natural gas reserve (probably the largest in Southeast Asia). If you're not up to speed, China and India both want the gas in order to ...

Graham Lees over at World Politics Watch thinks so. He's been tracking the high-stakes poker game that the country's ruling military junta has been playing with its 10 trillion cubic foot natural gas reserve (probably the largest in Southeast Asia). If you're not up to speed, China and India both want the gas in order to feed their insatiable energy appetites. And Burma is playing one off the other, which is throwing a wrench in the Year of India-China Friendship. Whichever country wins out, it's sad to watch democracies such as India coddle illiberal regimes in order to gain access to their resources. Of course, that's one democratic tradition that's hardly new.

Graham Lees over at World Politics Watch thinks so. He's been tracking the high-stakes poker game that the country's ruling military junta has been playing with its 10 trillion cubic foot natural gas reserve (probably the largest in Southeast Asia). If you're not up to speed, China and India both want the gas in order to feed their insatiable energy appetites. And Burma is playing one off the other, which is throwing a wrench in the Year of India-China Friendship. Whichever country wins out, it's sad to watch democracies such as India coddle illiberal regimes in order to gain access to their resources. Of course, that's one democratic tradition that's hardly new.

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