Myanmar’s Foreign Policy Rebalance

The country’s shift in its alignments is about more than just China and the United States. Myanmar’s new government is making its international debut. In mid-August 2016, Beijing welcomed Aung San Suu Kyi on her first visit to China since becoming Myanmar’s state counselor and foreign minister. This followed her trips to Myanmar’s ASEAN neighbors […]

In Burma’s wildest corner, jade, drugs and rebels will test the new government

MYITKYINA, Burma — The jade tycoon of Burma lives behind stone walls and a sophisticated security system. A visitor must be buzzed through a gate into the garden, pass a hunk of jade as big as a compact refrigerator, enter through a sliding screen and glide by the preserved tusks of the family elephant before sitting […]

2017 EITI Report Aims for Full Membership

Myanmar submitted its first Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) report at the beginning of January which included reports on the oil and gas, jade, gems and mineral sectors. Hydropower sector will be included in the 2017 EITI Report, according to Myanmar EITI. Myanmar currently stands as a ‘candidate country’ within International EITI and Myanmar’s inclusion […]

China Ties Set for Thaw If Myanmar Opposition Wins Election

Myanmar’s opposition led by Aung San Suu Kyi expects warm ties with China if it wins a parliamentary election this month, good news for its northern neighbor which has seen its influence wane amid tensions with the current government. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy bears China no ill will, said Win Htein, a member […]

Row over Chinese loggers reflects poor understanding of Myanmar

The Chinese media’s misinterpretation of Chinese citizens being sentenced to 10 years or more for illegal logging in Myanmar reflects poor understanding of the Southeast Asian nation’s policies, according to Guangzhou’s South Reviews. Myanmar president Thein Sein pardoned 6,966 prisoners on July 30, including 155 Chinese nationals who were sentenced on July 22 to between […]

Myanmar frees Chinese loggers as ‘goodwill gesture’

YANGON: Myanmar on Thursday (Jul 30) freed 155 Chinese nationals, who were last week given long jail terms for illegal logging, as a “goodwill” gesture, authorities said, following intense lobbying from China. The announcement comes after the sentences sharply raised tensions between the once closely-bonded neighbours whose ties have cooled since Myanmar began emerging from […]

The Impact of Energy on China/Myanmar Relations

China and Myanmar have had a mixed post-war relationship, ranging from warm to hostile, with Burma being the first non-communist country to recognize the PRC in 1949, then expelling much of its Chinese population following anti-Chinese riots in the 1960s. Since the repression of pro-democracy riots in 1988, Myanmar has generally sought a closer relationship […]

Myanmar’s Myitsone dam project faces uncertain future

The controversial Myitsone dam project in Myanmar’s Kachin state has been suspended for over two years now and stop-work costs, amounting to millions of US dollars, are mounting MYITSONE, Kachin: The controversial Myitsone dam project in Myanmar’s Kachin state has been suspended for over two years now and stop-work costs, amounting to millions of US […]

Chinese Thanlwin hydro projects to be revived

Myanmar plans to give the green light to three of six hydroelectric projects to begin construction on the Thanlwin River within three months, a high-ranking official at the Ministry of Electric Power said on August 16. “We plan to build six hydropower projects on the Thanlwin River,” said the official who asked not to be […]

Myanmar pipeline project gives China pause for thought

China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) on June 4 announced the completion of its Sino-Myanmar gas pipeline project (Myanmar section), signaling that it is ready to enter trial production. The oil pipeline between the two countries is currently 94 percent complete. As China’s fourth largest strategic energy import channel, the China-Myanmar Oil and Gas Pipeline Project, […]