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Foreign Countries Behind Myitsone Dam Opposition: Chinese Ambassador

YANGON—Opposition to the controversial Chinese-backed Myitsone Dam was politically victimized by “some forces backed by foreign countries” in an effort to derail Myanmar’s democratic reform process and hinder China-Myanmar relations, the outgoing Chinese ambassador to Myanmar said. “Misinformation frequently came out [about the dam]. Their goal is to create misunderstanding about the project,” Ambassador Hong […]

China’s Dynamic Grip on Myanmar

China’s influence in Myanmar manifests on three different levels. At the bilateral level, the government and the military establishment of Myanmar receives diplomatic dividends for maintaining good ties with China. At the domestic political level, China’s relations with the country’s ethnic organizations makes it an important stakeholder in the ongoing reconciliation process. Finally, at the […]

Myanmar: A New Pattern of China-Japan Interactions?

If Japan and China focus on different rail systems in Myanmar, can their division of labor create a new pattern for cooperation? Myanmar Railways (MR) has been variously criticized for its low efficiency and increasing costs. Solutions are needed. Since the country’s independence, the British colonial era meter gauge rail system has not been modernized […]

China’s Six Belt and Road Projects in Myanmar to Watch in 2019

YANGON—The Myanmar government recently agreed to begin work on key projects under the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) agreement which is part of Chinese’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative. Experts, including voices from the World Bank, have pointed out that Myanmar’s growth will largely depend on major BRI infrastructure projects that get underway this year. The […]