Drake Avila graduated from Cornell in May 2021 with a BA in China and Asia-Pacific Studies and Government. He is a student of ethnic politics and Chinese foreign policy in post-coup Myanmar.
Articles by Drake Avila (2)
Supporting Myanmar’s military junta while backing certain ethnic armed groups in Shan State is proving to be a riskier move for Beijing. The stakes will get higher if the spill-over from local conflicts paves the way for increased resistance to Naypyitaw.
If the Arakan Army plays its cards right, it could have two prized goals in sight: autonomy for Rakhine State in a loose and federalised system, or even independence.