Beijing aims to capitalise on the Trump-induced coma of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Keen to encourage US investors, Washington is eyeing a lifting of sanctions despite much criticism levelled at Suu Kyi for doing too little to address the plight of the Rohingya.
Senior US senators will introduce legislation intended to preserve a focus on human rights issues in Burma, amid expectations that the Obama administration will further ease or lift sanctions.
Asian leaders play down tensions over the South China Sea, but Beijing voices frustration with countries outside the region “interfering” in tussles over the strategic waterway.
The United States may consider easing sanctions on Burma following State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to Washington later this month.
“Our fundamental objective is to help the new government succeed,” said US presidential advisor Ben Rhodes, adding that “we want to see as much trade and investment as possible.”