All is not smooth on the Silk Road

A new deepwater port that is planned in Myanmar could provide a big boost to the China-backed Maritime Silk Road (MSR) initiative. Yet, the problems being encountered in setting up the port at Kyaukphyu also show that overcoming ‘soft’ impediments posed by a downturn in China-Myanmar diplomatic ties, issues of human displacement, and environmental protection […]

Thais reduced to ‘matchmaker’ in Dawei as Italian-Thai set to pull out

Myanmar’s stalled Dawei mega-project, which Thailand has striven to get off the ground for years, appears set to pass out of Thai hands, as Japan takes on a bigger role, though the nature of this role is far from clear. Thailand’s largest contractor, Italian-Thai Development Plc (ITD), which is a contract partner with the Myanmar […]