What does the Brotherhood Alliance’s joint statement on foreign investments mean?

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Kokang, July (2)

According to political analysts, the joint statement by the Three Brotherhood Alliance that they will take effective action against those who disrupt internationally invested projects is to protect Chinese businesses and portray themselves as a legitimate authority.

On July 1, the Brotherhood Alliance said that they will take action against people who commit violence and crimes in their controlled areas of Myanmar’s northern region.

They pledged to cooperate on eight points in order to accelerate the fight against terrorism and crimes in their territories.

It said that it will never encourage those who commit terrorist acts that can harm regional stability, security, and the lives and property of others, and crack down on them.

It also stated that effective action will be taken against those who interfere with international investment projects, as well as anyone who interferes with investment companies or individuals and demands money from them.

U Than Soe Naing, a political analyst, said, “This statement is an expression of the Brotherhood Alliance’s intention to properly govern the region and protect China’s interests.”

ISP-Myanmar reported on June 30 that the incidence of fighting in townships implementing Chinese projects in Myanmar and cities along the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor has decreased by more than half.

The Brotherhood Alliance said it will crack down on those who commit acts of terrorism and those who protect them, and take effective action against those who engage in human trafficking and forced labor.

In addition, they also appealed to the people of Myanmar and their supporters to cooperate in defeating the perpetrators of terrorism and crimes and to report about terrorists.

Dr. Hla Kyaw Zaw, an expert on Chinese affairs, said, “The Chinese government seemed to force the Brotherhood Alliance to solve the issue of crimes committed by Chinese citizens and locals in the northern region, and the Brotherhood Alliance wants to portray itself as a legitimate authority.

Illegal gambling and casinos prevail in the China-Myanmar border areas in northern Myanmar, which are controlled by ethnic armed groups, while human trafficking and online fraud are also on the rise.

The Three Brotherhood Alliance: the Rakhine Army (AA), the Ta’ang (Palaung) National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), have good relations with China as their territory borders China.

Than Lwin Times tried to reach Colonel Maing Aik Kyaw of TNLA at least three times by phone for comments regarding the joint statement, but he did not receive any response.

The Brotherhood Alliance and the National Solidarity and Peacemaking Negotiation Committee (NSPNC) met in 4 June in Mongla, a special region in eastern Shan State, with Chinese mediation, but the meetings failed to achieve any outcomes.

News-Than Lwin Times

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