Many Chinese perceive the democratic practice in Myanmar as a failure, as a result of the coup. This will reinforce their narrative that democracy is not a universal value and that democratization does not lead to the outcomes portrayed in the West.
China has a long history of interactions with the Burmese military. What is the legacy of that history and how can we think about its impact on the China-Myanmar relationship going forward?
In comparison with Western countries, China indeed has contacts and an ability to work with the military. But it does not mean that if China had the choice, it would prefer for the military to run the country. In other words, the Chinese believe that they can work with the military leadership in Myanmar, but the quality of this partnership is not necessarily going to be high and its cost is not necessarily going to be low.