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 […]

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, […]

Astrologer San Zarni Bo – Suu Kyi to become President

RANGOON—As New Year approaches, The Irrawaddy interviewed renowned Burmese astrologer San Zarni Bo to get his predictions for 2013. He forecasts a significant slowdown in the pace of political and economic change in Burma next year due to cosmic factors. But don’t worry, 2014 will see major changes with Aung San Suu Kyi becoming president. […]