Also discussed in this episode of the Australia in the World podcast: Australia-China bilateral relations, the "Chinese Government" vs. "the CCP" distinction, the aftermath of the US election, and the impact of the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
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This Sunday, Myanmar held the second parliamentary election since the end of five decades of junta rule. Amid economic hardships, escalating civil and ethnic upheavals, and a strained international image with the Rohingya issue, Aung San Suu Kyi's ruling party has claimed landslide victory.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor provides China strategic access to the Arabian Sea and lucrative projects for Chinese companies. Pakistan needs Chinese technology to upgrade its infrastructure, especially in the energy sector, but CPEC has increased Pakistan’s fiscal instability and opposition requests for more transparency.