China-Myanmar Oil Pipeline Opens Enhancing Tie

BEIJING: Crude oil began flowing from Myanmar to China over a 1,420 km long pipeline putting the relationship between the two countries on better footing. The oil reached Ruili, a border city of in China’s Yunnan Province at 4 p.m. on Friday according to the state owned China National Petroleum Corporation, which built the pipeline. Oil will flow through the pipe at a speed of […]

‘One Belt, One Road’ Welcomed With Some Caution

China is convening from Sunday a large two-day summit in Beijing to tout its ambitious “One Belt, One Road” development strategy. The initiative proposed by China’s leadership seeks to promote massive infrastructure projects, spanning 65 countries in Asia and Europe and about 40 percent of global gross domestic product. Many Asian countries, including populous Indonesia […]

ASEAN Summit: Assertive China flexes its muscles as Trump gives conflicting signals

Bangkok (ANN News Desk) – Obama’s pivot to Asia is dead. Despite the Trump administration’s confrontation with North Korea dominating headlines for the past several weeks, in the back channels of a major regional summit, diplomats all whispered the same thing, the pivot was over. If anything, Trump’s obsession with North Korea and the administration […]

New Myanmar oil pipeline bolsters China’s energy security

The opening of an oil pipeline through Myanmar is a big step forward for China’s energy security, reducing the major importer’s reliance on shipments through waters where the U.S. exerts strong influence. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Htin Kyaw, his counterpart from Myanmar, agreed Monday to activate an oil pipeline stretching roughly 770km from Kyaukpyu, […]

Beset by delays, Myanmar-China oil pipeline nears start-up

Nearly a decade in the making, a project to pump oil 770 km (480 miles) across Myanmar to southwest China is set for imminent start-up, with a supertanker nearing the port of Kyauk Phyu, marking the opening of a new oil trading route. Dogged by sensitive relations between Naypyitaw and Beijing, the $1.5 billion oil […]

South Korea in Myanmar: Missing the Train to Naypyitaw?

South Korea’s interest in Myanmar lies in its economic assets: cheaper labor costs, a sizable market of around 51 million people, and natural resource wealth. Yet Myanmar has unrealized potential to play a much greater strategic role for South Korea. South Korea’s economic presence in the country is wide-ranging and Seoul has emerged as an […]

Uber and Grab are bringing Southeast Asia’s taxi on-demand war to Myanmar

Southeast Asia’s ridesharing war is spreading to a new frontier after rivals Grab and Uber revealed plans to expand into Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. Singapore-based Grab announced its launch in the country today, its first new market expansion in nearly three years, to take it to seven markets… but its U.S. rival […]

Myanmar Has a Key Role to Play in ‘Club Asia’ as Tourism in the Region Booms

​​ Many moons ago Singapore’s then prime minister tried to encourage the government to develop Myanmar’s tourism sector, writes Lars Henriksson. He’s finally getting his wish. In the book General Ne Win: A Political Biog­raphy academic Robert H. Taylor writes that “on 16 January 1986, Singa­pore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew visited Ne Win at his home […]

Through reclusive Wa, China’s reach extends into Suu Kyi’s Myanmar

China is extending its sway over an autonomous enclave run by Myanmar’s most powerful ethnic armed group, sources in the region told Reuters, bolstering Beijing’s role in the peace process that is the signature policy of Aung San Suu Kyi. The “foreign policy” of the self-proclaimed Wa State is closely monitored by Beijing, senior officials […]

Development waves hit Myanmar’s regional cities

YANGON — Large mixed-use projects are under construction in Mandalay and other regional cities across Myanmar as developers broaden their focus outside of Yangon, the country’s largest city. Local real estate giant New Star Light Construction is slated to complete a commercial-residential complex in Mandalay this year, the biggest in the nation’s second-largest city. The […]