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

Pats on the back about friendship and democracy cannot compete with geography, economic patronage and leverage over country’s most powerful ethnic armed force

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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
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