During my recent stint in Burma, the Chinese influence was more apparent than ever before. A new report that is being carried by Narinjara provides a reasonable English-language overview of Chinese involvement in the Burmese scene. It includes a large and relevant bibliography.
Good micro-level information on the contemporary economic and social interactions between Burma and China can be hard to find. Sitting around with the owner of, say, a toyshop in northern Burma can be one nice way to get a basic grip on how goods flow across the long border with China. The report on Narinjara provides a very different picture of the interactions between these two close neighbours.