Aung San Suu Kyi

Burmese pro democracy leader and Nobel Peace prize winner. A renowned advocate of non-violence and human rights who spent many years under house arrest. 

A Wa soldier drinks water from his comrade’s bottle. The United Wa State Army (UWSA) is Myanmar’s most powerful ethnic armed force – and is supplied by Chinese arms dealers. Photo: AP

Why US is no match for China’s carrot and stick in Myanmar

The success of Aung San Suu Kyi’s latest trip to Washington may mark a new chapter in Myanmar’s relations with the United States but the ongoing civil war in the country gives China control over crucial levers of pressure on its neighbour that the distant superpower can hardly match.