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What Does Xi’s Myanmar Visit Mean for India’s China Anxieties?

Last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping concluded a two-day visit to Myanmar, the first for Xi in his current capacity and his first overseas visit of 2020. Viewed from the perspective of growing Chinese inroads in the Indian Ocean, Xi’s trip spotlighted Beijing’s continued efforts to make geopolitical gains in line with its broader regional […]

China’s 9 Air starts direct flights between Yangon and Haikou city

China’s 9 Air airline began offering three flights a week from Yangon to Haikou, the capital and main transportation hub of Hainan province, on Sunday. The low-cost airline, a subsidiary of Juneyao Airlines, will offer flights between the two cities on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Thirty-seven international airlines offer flights to 38 destinations at Yangon […]

More transparency needed for China deals, Myanmar officials say

With Chinese investments in Myanmar expected to rise, more should be done to ensure transparent and responsible business practices between Chinese companies and the Myanmar government, industry watchers said. Chinese investments historically dominated Myanmar’s foreign direct investment landscape. Some projects are government-to-government initiatives while others were won through tenders. Observers say Myanmar should diversify its […]

Xi Seeks to Boost Belt and Road With Myanmar Visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Myanmar’s capital of Naypyidaw on Friday for a two-day state visit, his first international trip of 2020. He hailed the trip as “historic” and vowed to usher the bilateral relationship into a “new era.” The official trip to Myanmar is Xi’s first as president and the first visit by […]

New air route links China’s island province, Myanmar

HAIKOU, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) — A new direct air route is set to be launched later Tuesday between Haikou, capital of south China’s Hainan Province, and Myanmar’s Rangoon. The flight is the second direct route linking Hainan with Myanmar. The air route is operated by China’s Jiuyuan Airlines, with three round trips scheduled every week. […]

Rice export earnings exceed $250 in three months

During three months of the current fiscal year, Myanmar earned over 250 million US dollars from the exports of around 900,000 tons of rice and broken rice, according to Myanmar Rice Federation. Till December 27 of 2019-20 FY, Myanmar exported 894,889.703 tons of rice and broken rice worth 256.452 million US dollars. During this period, […]

Chinese President’s Upcoming Visit Seen as Bid to Gain Myanmar Leaders’ Commitment on BRI Projects

YANGON—Chinese President Xi Jinping is reportedly planning to visit Myanmar late next week, in a trip many believe is aimed at sending a signal regarding the country’s importance to China’s strategic ambitions in the Indian Ocean, while shoring up support for Xi’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) among leaders in Myanmar, which is slated […]

More ‘Thunder’ in China’s Air

December saw the ceremonial rollout of the first batch of eight two-seat, dual-control JF-17B Thunder fighters and also marked the inaugural flight of the first prototype of the new generation Block III JF-17. The JF-17 Thunder is a lightweight, single-engine, multi-role fighter that was jointly developed by China’s Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) and the Pakistan […]

Xi’s Upcoming Visit to Myanmar Could Reshape the Indian Ocean Region

A decade after Xi Jinping’s first visit to Myanmar in 2009, Naypyidaw is planning a banquet for another Xi visit, expected to be on January 17, 2020. As part of the preparation, shuttle diplomacy is already underway, with China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi meeting with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi […]

Myanmar-Taiwan relations and the ‘China factor’

Might Myanmar-Taiwan relations get trickier due to the current presidential race in Taiwan and the incumbent Tsai Ing-wen’s relationship with Beijing regarding the “One China Policy”? Both Taiwan and Myanmar have elections in 2020 and for both countries, the outcome is important for different reasons and yet there is an underlying theme of democracies in […]