Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi made her first official visit to India since taking the reins of power in her country. Her official appearance began with the joint summit of BRICS and the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) on Oct. 16.

The foreign minister of Myanmar, Suu Kyi assumed office in March and visited China in August. Her “China first” stance is not limited to her travel plans. She chose to mention China first in her list of praises at the much-awaited occasion in India.

“I welcome China’s policy of peaceful development and India’s shift from Look East policy toward Act East policy,” Suu Kyi said in her address to leaders of BRICS and BIMSTEC, which includes Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal.

Suu Kyi’s preference for China may be justified. As of August, China, the largest foreign investor in Myanmar, accounted for 28.13% of total foreign investment, while India made up a mere 1.14%.

Suu Kyi, a fighter for democracy as well as a Nobel Peace Prize winner, is not alone in courting Chinese investment. Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh recently moved to create a closer relationship with China in exchange for loans and investment for infrastructure and industrial development.

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