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Civilians trapped as Myanmar rebels squabble over expected China boom

With artillery exploding around her village in Myanmar’s northeast, 70-year-old Nan Nyunt fled to a monastery, one of thousands of civilians trapped between rebel groups who are fighting for influence as a China-driven economic boom looms. “Houses were on fire and a buffalo died,” she told AFP, huddled on the floor with other elderly displaced […]

Nine sectors to have priority under the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor

Myanmar is prioritising nine sectors covering infrastructure projects under the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor although more specific details as to which of the projects have been chosen remain under wraps. These sectors, part of the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan, include electricity, road, bridge, telecommunication, basic construction, agriculture, transportation, research and technology. Union of Myanmar Federation of […]

Yoma and Kokubu to enter joint venture with KOSPA

Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd. and Kokubu Group today welcomed SF Holding Co., Ltd., a technology-led international logistics service provider based in China, as a joint venture partner in KOSPA Limited, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, according to a press release. SF Holding will acquire a 25 per cent stake in KOSPA for a […]

Mongla Official Denies Chinese Firm Permitted to Set Up Autonomous Digital Economic Zone

The general secretary of the rebel-controlled Mongla Special Administrative Region on the Chinese border has denied any knowledge of a Chinese company’s plan to establish an independent political entity within its borders based on an “e-citizenship” system open to all with a digital economy supported by a cryptocurrency. In a program titled “Inside the Crypto […]

Full steam ahead for China-Myanmar high-speed railway

Once stalled plans to build a high-speed railroad connecting China’s southern city of Kunming and Myanmar’s Kyaukphyu port on the Bay of Bengal are firmly back on track. If completed, the 1,400-kilometer railroad will be a crucial link in a strategic economic corridor through which China’s imports and exports would bypass the congested Malacca Strait […]

Myanmar’s stalled China-backed Myitsone dam project strained bilateral ties for years — now it could be scaled back or moved

A top Myanmar investment official on Tuesday suggested scaling back or relocating a stalled Chinese-backed hydropower project that has strained ties between the neighbours for nearly a decade. The suggestion follows a statement by the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar earlier this month that said civil society organisations in Kachin state supported the planned project. Hundreds […]

Surveying Begins on Muse-Mandalay Railway

Ground survey work began Sunday on the Myanmar-China high-speed railway, a project that will link two economic centers in Myanmar with Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province in southwestern China, as part of Beijing’s grand infrastructure plan for the region. “A joint team is working on a study of the railway alignment,” Ministry of Transport […]

Ministry of Planning and Finance to set up Project Bank

‘The project bank will enhance transparency and competitiveness’: U Set Aung The Ministry of Planning and Finance is preparing to launch an interactive and publicly accessible online “project bank” containing priority initiatives that have been screened and approved by the government for their positive impact on economic and social development. The initiative aims to overhaul […]

Watch out for Kyaukpyu port and China-Myanmar Economic Corridor

The port will give China access to the Bay of Bengal and cut short almost 5,000 km of sea route. Last year on 19 November, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that during his meeting with the State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi in Nay Pyi Taw, Foreign Minister Wang Yi proposed […]

China’s top planning agency doubles down on Belt and Road collaboration

Ning Jizhe, vice chair of China’s top planning agency National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), visited Myanmar from November 24 to 27. The visit is built on the consensus reached by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and China’s leader Xi Jinping at the end of 2017, with regards to the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor […]