Myanmar's growing rapport with Japan, western nations and India could influence Sino-Myanmar relations and put pressure on China's "strategic space" in the southeast Asian nation, Chinese state media said on Sunday.
"The growing rapport between Myanmar and the west could influence Sino-Myanmar relations and put pressure on China's strategic space", a write-up in the official daily Global Times said.
It noted that Japanese deputy prime minister Taro Aso pledged debt relief of USD 5.74 billion and a fresh loan of 50 billion yen during his ongoing Myanmar visit, an attempt interpreted as targeting China, the article said.
"In addition, the Indian defence minister AK Antony will head for Naypyitaw later this month to "boost bilateral military cooperation and counter China's deep strategic inroads there," the article said.
"Myanmar is certainly undergoing changes. Some analysts hold that China's backyard is on fire and an anti-China front is gradually being shaped in Myanmar. This exaggerates the impact of these changes and underestimates the strength of the Sino-Myanmar relationship", it said.