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, […]

Chinese paper calls opposition to Myanmar dams ‘extreme’

Opposition to Chinese-invested hydropower schemes in Myanmar is being orchestrated by “extreme” groups in the country and has been extremely damaging to joint investment projects, an influential Chinese newspaper wrote on Monday. The suspension in 2011 of the $3.6-billion Myitsone megadam project by former president Thein Sein remains a sore point between the two countries. […]

As Suu Kyi heads home, solving dam deadlock remains key to improving ties between China and Myanmar

The improvement of ties between China and Myanmar still hinges on a deadlocked dam project despite Aung San Suu Kyi’s largely successful visit to China as Myanmar’s de facto leader, according to diplomatic observers. The suspension of the US$3.6 billion Myitsone project on the Irrawaddy River by Suu Kyi’s predecessor Thein Sein in 2011 plunged […]

In Myanmar, the AIIB Could Buttress China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ Framework

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank could come to play a greater role in Myanmar. Is the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) just another vehicle for spreading Chinese geoeconomic primacy throughout the Asia-Pacific? Earlier this year, reflecting on the bank’s first projects, I argued that such fears were overwrought. The AIIB, with modest partnership-based undertakings along with […]

Presidential order reinstates study for proposed 6,000-MW Myitsone hydroelectric project in Myanmar

According to a presidential order issued Aug. 12 by the Myanmar government, a commission will form to examine the 6,000-MW Myitsone hydropower project proposed for Kachin, Mynamar. Locally published reports indicate when complete, Yunnan China would receive much of the energy from the facility under the project’s original agreement. The order for the commission was signed by […]

Govt plans 700-acre economic zone in northern Yangon

The construction ministry is planning to build an economic zone on 700 acres in Yangon’s Mingalardon township including residential and commercial buildings, an official has told The Myanmar Times. The land between Yangon-Pyay Road and No.3 Yangon-Mandalay Highway was transferred to the ministry’s Department of Urban and Housing Development in January this year for development, but […]

Singapore carriers exploring possibility of multi-city flights within Myanmar

YANGON – Singapore is looking to introduce multi-city flights within Myanmar by its carriers Singapore Air or Silkair, as part of a series of ways the two countries can cooperate more closely. PM Lee Hsien Loong gave these updates on Wednesday (June 8) at a reception with Singaporeans in Yangon at Sedona Hotel, built by […]

New Myanmar government may bring added investor scrutiny

Myanmar’s smooth transition to its first elected government under the National League of Democracy (NLD) has been applauded by the international community and investors alike. In May 2016, the US announced elimination of most remaining sanctions against Myanmar, marking the near-end of one of the country’s last political barriers to investment. Foreign business is moving […]

NLD govt faces daunting task in reforming ruined universities

YANGON (Myanmar Now) – On a recent April morning, Aung Kyaw Soe got off the bus near the University of West-Yangon after spending some 2 hours in traffic to reach the campus located on the city’s outskirts. “When we take the public bus to the university we break out in a sweat and are not […]

Myanmar’s leaders target ASEAN ties with first foreign trip

VIENTIANE — Myanmar President Htin Kyaw and de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s choice of Laos for their first trip abroad reaffirms the new administration’s focus on building ties with the rest of Southeast Asia. Suu Kyi, acting as state counselor and foreign minister, accompanied Htin Kyaw in talks with his Laotian counterpart, Bounnhang […]