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Chinese influx transforming Myanmar's quintessential city

This Nov. 2, 2017, photo shows a Chinese temple in the heart of Mandalay, one of many in the city. As China’s shadow grows in Southeast Asia, resident...
This Nov. 2, 2017, photo shows a Chinese temple in the heart of Mandalay, one of many in the city. As China’s shadow grows in Southeast Asia, resident...
This Nov. 2, 2017, photo shows a Chinese worker in a temple fashions a coffin. Chinese funerals, weddings and other ceremonies are held in the extensi...
This Nov. 2, 2017, photo shows a potential customer examining some jade samples in Mandalay's famous jade market. The jade trade is dominated by the C...
This Nov. 2, 2017, photo shows money exchanging hands for jade at the Mandalay jade market. The jade trade is dominated by the Chinese with large quan...
This Nov. 3 2017, photo shows a woman doing morning exercises and paying reverence along the moat which surrounds the former royal palace in Mandalay....
This Nov. 4, 2017, photo shows the Mahamuni Monastery in Mandalay,  a magnet for pilgrims from all over the country. This Buddhist pagoda exemplifies ...
This Nov. 4, 2017, photo shows traditional Burmese religious ceremony taking place in the Mahamuni Monastery in Mandalay. As China’s shadow grows in S...
This Nov. 2, 2017, photo shows a Chinese temple in the heart of Mandalay, one of many in the city. The road outside is lined with buildings owned by t...

This Nov. 2, 2017, photo shows a Chinese temple in the heart of Mandalay, one of many in the city. As China’s shadow grows in Southeast Asia, resident...

This Nov. 2, 2017, photo shows a Chinese temple in the heart of Mandalay, one of many in the city. As China’s shadow grows in Southeast Asia, resident...

This Nov. 2, 2017, photo shows a Chinese worker in a temple fashions a coffin. Chinese funerals, weddings and other ceremonies are held in the extensi...

This Nov. 2, 2017, photo shows a potential customer examining some jade samples in Mandalay's famous jade market. The jade trade is dominated by the C...

This Nov. 2, 2017, photo shows money exchanging hands for jade at the Mandalay jade market. The jade trade is dominated by the Chinese with large quan...

This Nov. 3 2017, photo shows a woman doing morning exercises and paying reverence along the moat which surrounds the former royal palace in Mandalay....

This Nov. 4, 2017, photo shows the Mahamuni Monastery in Mandalay,  a magnet for pilgrims from all over the country. This Buddhist pagoda exemplifies ...

This Nov. 4, 2017, photo shows traditional Burmese religious ceremony taking place in the Mahamuni Monastery in Mandalay. As China’s shadow grows in S...

This Nov. 2, 2017, photo shows a Chinese temple in the heart of Mandalay, one of many in the city. The road outside is lined with buildings owned by t...

MANDALAY, Myanmar (AP) — As China's shadow grows in Southeast Asia, residents of Myanmar's former royal capital are lamenting an influx of Chinese migrants.

They say Mandalay, once regarded as the nation's cultural core, is losing its traditions and character.

The makeover reflects a Chinese footprint across the region that has grown alongside Beijing's economic and military clout, and is expected to widen as China pushes forward with its One Belt, One Road initiative.

Propelled by Beijing's policy of encouraging Chinese enterprises to expand abroad as well as official Chinese government investment in its neighbors' infrastructure, the influx has sparked a measure of prosperity in some Southeast Asian regions. But along with it has come local resentment at perceived Chinese aggressiveness, cultural insensitivity and environmental damage.


Updated : 2021-08-04 21:55 GMT+08:00