China and Myanmar’s SEZs: strategic partnership or can of worms?

Since coming to power in 2011, Myanmar’s President Thein Sein has distanced the country from its previously tight-knit relationship with China in favour of rapprochement with the west and Japan. Yet the past few months have seen a determined push by Beijing to re-engage Myanmar economically and politically, reminding Naypyidaw that it sees the country […]

Power shortages hold Myanmar back

The recent protests in Yangon against a hike in electricity charges have shed some light on Myanmar’s serious power crisis. In the past three years Myanmar has witnessed the suspension of the Chinese-invested Myitsone dam project, mass demonstrations against blackouts in big cities like Yangon and Mandalay, and protests against the rate rise. Electricity is […]

Italian-Thai’s hydropower project in lower Myanmar allegedly stops

Myanmar government has allegedly stopped a hydropower dam project with Italian-Thai Company in Taninthayi region of lower Myanmar due to concern of possible environmental and social impacts. Italian-Thai’s dam project located near Myeik township will generate about 800 mega watt (MW) electricity upon completion, but it will pose flood risks to the thousands of acres […]