BURMESE OIL AND NATURAL GAS: THE RISK FOR SANCTIONS

1. China, India, and Thailand all need Burma’s energy reserves, in particular natural gas but also oil and hydroelectric power.
2. China also needs to transit Middle Eastern oil and natural gas through Burma.
3. Thailand already depends on Burmese energy for 20 per cent of its electric power demand.
4. Since Burma needs revenues, a state of mutual dependence has developed between Burma and the energy importing countries.
5. Neither party will thus be willing to apply economic sanctions.

 
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