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 […]

Tourism Ministry to Allow Casinos in Myanmar’s Border Areas

Three-star hotels in border areas will be allowed to open casinos, according to the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism (MoHT). Only foreigners will be allowed to gamble in those casinos while locals will be banned from taking part, the ministry said, adding that the hotels letting locals play would be dealt with in accordance with […]

Myawady Industrial Zone attracts regional interest

Japan, Thailand, Korea and China have all voiced interest to invest in the Myawady Industrial Zone which is currently under construction near the border with Thailand. The Myawady Industrial Zone Project was started in April 2013 and is running ahead of schedule with 60 percent of the project already completed. It is expected to be […]

Myawady border trade down by US$12 million

The Myawady town on the Myanmar – Thai border has recorded over US$33 million in total trade volume over the last two months, according to the department of commerce and consumer affairs. US$2.8 million has been earned from Myanmar exports and over US$30 million had spent on imports between April 1 to May 30 this […]

Illegal car trading occurs along Myanmar border

Cars are being illegally imported to Myanmar through forty routes along Myanmar border, according to the Deputy Minister Dr. Pwint San of the Ministry of Commerce on July 23 at Naypyitaw. From 2011-2012 financial year to 2013 June in new Government administration, more than 2007 cars without license have been seized in three states, and […]

Motoring in Myanmar: Road rocky amid moves ahead

The joys of trans-continental driving in your own car basically boil down to freedom _ you decide when to drive and where to stop for a break and take in what locations on the way have to offer. That’s why driving is often the preferred option in Europe or America over air or rail. In […]