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There’s no Chinese ‘debt trap’, says Myanmar minister, as government pushes for joint port project to go ahead

Thaung Tun insists his government is keen to press on with deep water project after reports it was negotiating to keep costs down He dismissed the fear of a “debt trap”, saying he was confident it would be a “win-win” deal. “We would like to see this project get off the ground,” Thaung Tun, who […]

Myanmar risks falling into a China debt trap

To understand China’s top priority in Myanmar, forget Beijing’s involvement in the country’s sputtering peace process, or efforts to restart its backed but now suspended US$3.9 billion Myitsone hydroelectric dam, or even securing rights to extract copper at the locally resisted Letpadaung mine outside of Mandalay. Those are all subordinate interests to what China really […]