The Rohingya Crisis in the Context of Sino-Indian Geopolitical Competition in Myanmar

Rubiat Saimum

Lecturer, Department of Maritime Security and Strategic Studies, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University, Bangladesh. He can be reached at:

Md. Ataur Rahman Talukder

Lecturer, Department of International Relations, Faculty of Security and Strategic Studies, Bangladesh University of Professionals, Bangladesh. He can be reached at


The Rohingya people of Myanmar have been trapped in a protracted refugee situation for more than fifty years. Several complicated underlying factors have historically hindered a long-term resolution of the refugee issue. The refugee problem has political, religious, ethnic, and geo-strategic dimensions. This paper focuses on the regional geopolitical aspect of the Rohingya refugee crisis. Drawing upon secondary literature, the paper seeks to analyse the role of India and China in Myanmar. By exploring the nature of Sino-Indian geopolitical competition in Myanmar, the paper has tried to understand the contribution of such competition in the prolongation of the crisis.

Keywords: Rohingya Crisis, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sino-Indian Geopolitical Competition.


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