Associate Professor Sean Turnell contributes to the article "Myanmar's new old friend" in the Bangkok Post, Business and Economics, Macquarie University

Associate Professor Sean Turnell contributes to the article "Myanmar's new old friend" in the Bangkok Post, Business and Economics, Macquarie University

Created: 25 Sep 2013

Sean Turnell

Publication: Bangkok Post
Title: Myanmar’s new old friend
Date: 23 September, 2013
Author: Joseph Schatz

Excerpt: Japan has been “by far the most vigorous of the countries ‘engaging’ Myanmar since the arrival of [Myanmar president] Thein Sein”, says Sean Turnell, a Myanmar expert and economics professor at Australia’s Macquarie University.

“Japan certainly perceives a special relationship — a mixture of contemporary strategic and aid policies as well as historical sentiment,” says Macquarie University’s Turnell. The sentiment, he said, “relates to a widespread notion in Japan that the country acted as something of a midwife to Myanmar’s independence in light of its (temporary) ending of British rule in the Second World War”.

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