China and EU in Myanmar: Different Paths to the Same Goals

Issue & Policy Briefs December 8, 2010, No. 48

The elections that took place in Myanmar, on November 7, did not meet European expectations and many European states have responded by condemning the military government. This will do nothing for European–Myanmar relations or European interests in Myanmar. Instead, Myanmar will, more than before, have to lean towards China and other friends. This does not have to occur, but it will. This policy brief discusses the European and Chinese approaches to Myanmar in the post election environment and their overlapping goals.