China has publicly distanced itself from the Kokang conflict and maintained neutrality. But Chinese-led development projects have long stoked the ethnic tensions and military conflicts in Myanmar, particularly in recent years, writes Mr Smith.
Beijing’s business interests in northern Myanmar, particularly in Kachin-dominant areas, have directly contributed to war and a cascade of abuse. The Myanmar Army and its businesses have been all too willing to cooperate, he says.
This op-ed is available online at: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/05/opinion/how-china-fuels-myanmars-wars.html