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 […]

China, Myanmar: stop that train

Since reports about the cancellation of a proposed US$20 billion railway line connecting China’s southern Yunnan province with Myanmar’s Rakhine western coast emerged in late July, conflicting accounts about the 1,200 kilometer project’s status have raised new questions about the neighboring countries’ commercial relations. The controversy erupted with a local news report quoting Myint Wai, […]

Investors waiting to bid as Kyaukphyu SEZ masterplan gets underway

Would be investors in the Kyaukpyu Special Economic Zone in Rakhine State are awaiting invitations to tender, but no date has yet been set for the issuance of invitations as experts work on a master plan for the zone. A consortium of consulting firms selected to develop the master plan and manage the tender process […]