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Muse: Myanmar’s militia-run, billion-dollar gateway to China

With tinted windows and their militia name emblazoned on the side of their Ford truck, “Pan Say” fighters cruise the sleazy streets of Muse, Myanmar’s main gateway to China and awash with weapons and cash from casinos, drugs and sex. Ten armed groups run the Shan State border town of Muse, which is separated by […]

New dawn for remote Andaman Sea island tourism

Few have heard of the Mergui Archipelago, and even fewer have managed to visit the 400km string of scattered islands in the Bay of Bengal’s Andaman Sea. Most of the 800 offshore islands are uninhabited, apart from a few seasonal settlements of the seafaring nomadic Moken, and some Burmese fishing villages The jungle-clad limestone and […]

Fresh water fish scale in demand for use in cosmetic

Thailand and Japan is buying freshwater fish scales for use in cosmetic products according to Win Kyaing, general-secretary of Myanmar Fish Federation. Buyers from Thailand and Japan came to Myanmar to buy freshwater fish scales. “On September 7, buyers from Japan discussed with us for buying fish scales. They want Tilapia fish scales. They said […]

India and Myanmar entry-exit points opened

The landmark land border crossing agreement between India and Myanmar came into effect on Wednesday with the simultaneous opening of international entry-exit checkpoints between the two countries, giving a major boost to India’s ‘Act East Policy’. “August 8 is an important date in the history of Myanmar. Today, it will also become an important date […]

Thai-Myanmar border commerce to double by 2026

The value of border trade between Thailand and Myanmar is expected to double to US$12 billion by 2026, says the assistant spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office. The cabinet has approved the proposed draft of policies and initiatives for the ninth Meeting of the Myanmar-Thailand Joint Commission, as diplomatic relations between the two nations turn […]

Questions Remain Over Chinese Involvement in Myanmar Violence

Violent clashes between government troops and ethnic rebels have continued unabated in Myanmar’s northern Shan state since February 9. The fighting, which pits the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) of the Kokang ethnic group against the national army, has sparked accusations that China has a hand in the conflict (the Kokang are ethnically Chinese). […]

Myanmar a geopolitical battleground for China and US

Myanmar will continue to be a geopolitical battleground for China and the United States as long as the civil war between its government and ethnic rebels persists, according to a commentary from the Beijing-based Sina Military. The ongoing strife in Myanmar, which has never really stopped in the last 60 years, is not merely an […]

In Muse, Promise and Perils of Development Redux

MUSE, Shan State — The Muse Central Economic Zone project, spearheaded by the Shan State government and a local private venture, is moving forward in an effort to boost commerce along the Chinese border, despite land grievances from some local residents. Located on the banks of Shweli River in Muse, a major trading hub on […]

China’s Expanding Middle Class Fuels Poaching, Decadence in Myanmar

In the remote jungle city of Mong La, endangered animals are sold as aphrodisiacs, traditional medicines, and gastronomic delicacies. MONG LA, Myanmar — In this gaudy mecca of eroticism and greed on the eastern border with China, the cuisine isn’t for the squeamish: Many items on the menu, including the drinks, are derived from poached […]

Prohibited goods still imported across Myanmar-Thai border

Restricted items such as propane cylinders, sugar, inedible monosodium glutamate (MSG) and beer are being imported from Thailand through border crossings, according to merchants. The import rates of these items seem to be increasing, despite restrictions. The import rate for propane cylinders jumped 30 per cent this year. “Propane gas tanks are being imported from […]