India Offers Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Help in Energy, Agriculture

NEW DELHI (AP) ” India offered on Wednesday to provide help with energy and agriculture in response to a request from visiting Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi for cooperation in building infrastructure in her country. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Suu Kyi in New Delhi and also offered help in restoring pagodas […]

Myanmar’s Strongest Ethnic Armed Group Says Drug Label ‘Not Fair’

PANGSAN, Myanmar: Myanmar’s most powerful ethnic armed group, accused by the United States of running a narco-empire that has flooded Asia with illegal drugs, has rejected the allegation, saying Washington has blacklisted its leaders for political reasons. The United Wa State Army (UWSA) boasts some 30,000 soldiers who control a secretive, China-dominated statelet the size of Belgium in the remote hills on Myanmar’s eastern border. After decades of […]

The Wartime Supply Road That Became Myanmar’s Thriving Trade Route

YANGON — As trucks barrel down the well-paved road between Mandalay and the southwest of China, few of the men working on the construction sites lining the road probably realize that it was once a vital wartime supply route. As Myanmar’s overland tradewith China expands, the roadis now being revived as a bustling trade artery between the two countries. In Mandalay, […]

Value of trade through Muse border trade camp on the decline

The value of trade through the Muse border trade camp was on the decline as of the end of September, it is learnt from the statistics of Trade Department. The value of trade via Muse as of 23rd September in this fiscal year amounted to US$2,214.732million, whereas in the similar period of last fiscal year […]

Only 3% of rubber in global market produced in Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos

THAILAND remains the world’s largest rubber producer, accounting for 36 per cent of the total production last year, followed by Indonesia with 26 per cent and Viet Nam with 8 per cent, according to the International Rubber Study Group. Thailand has been the world’s largest producer of natural rubber since 1993. China is the fourth […]

Wary of China, India Moves to Woo a New Myanmar

Days after Aung San Suu Kyi made a high-profile trip to China as foreign minister of Myanmar, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Mynamar in the first high-level visit from India after the civilian government assumed office in Naypyitaw. Myanmar’s President Htin Kyaw is on a four day visit to India as well this […]

Connectivity with Myanmar — the wait gets longer

Building a project in Myanmar was and is difficult. But, is it so difficult that the connectivity proposals mooted by Delhi early in the last decade will remain a dream or at best half complete? Exactly the same happened to proposals to connect the north-eastern States and ASEAN through Myanmar. The trilateral India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) highway […]

Laos to share hydropower development expertise with Myanmar

VIENTIANE, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) — A hydro-electric-powered energy revolution has been afoot in South-East Asia over recent years with the movement of fresh and fast-flowing waters increasingly fueling the consumption of larger amounts of energy resources to spur socio-economic development, poverty reduction and improvements in both urban and rural areas. The region’s most diminutive nation […]

Maligned private Malaysian visa centre will not be terminated

One Stop Center (OSC), a Malaysian visa application service, will not be terminated unless the Malaysian government comes up with a better plan for handling illegal migrant workers, Malaysian ambassador to Myanmar Mohd Haniff Abd Rahman told The Myanmar Times on August 12. “The main reason is that security for our country is very important to us,” […]

Indian cold pills pour over remote border to fuel Myanmar narcotics boom

Five years ago, when cold pills first trickled across Myanmar’s untamed border with India, many local officials were baffled. Where was this medicine going, and why were smugglers so interested in it? Today, the cross-border trickle has become a torrent and everyone knows why the Indian-made pills are so valuable: they are bound for secret laboratories in […]