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UK Embassy Tells Citizens to Leave Myanmar Amid Coronavirus Concerns

YANGON—The UK Embassy in Yangon announced Tuesday that all British nationals in Myanmar are advised to leave the country if possible, due to the potential pressures on medical facilities from COVID-19 and the risk that flights departing the country will be cancelled. As of Wednesday afternoon, Myanmar has not yet seen a single confirmed case […]

China-Myanmar pipeline grows in its appeal

There was no second-guessing why China’s President Xi Jinping made Myanmar his first stop in a visit earlier this year, even as coronavirus was mercilessly gripping his nation: China has never ceased worrying about reliable supplies of gas, and the prospect of a pipeline with Myanmar is an attractive one. For years, since relations with […]

Flow of materials into Myanmar expected to resume soon from China

Garment industry leaders said the flow of raw materials from China could begin returning to normal next month, as factories in the virus-plagued country slowly resume operations. U Myint Soe, chair of the Myanmar Garment Entrepreneurs Association, said the local garment industry needs to be patient a while longer, as the rate of COVID-19 infections […]

Western pressure pushes Myanmar towards China

A global research agency believed increasing pressure from the west on Myanmar’s alleged rights violations would push the country’s political and economic allegiance towards China, even if Myanmar seeks diversification of trade relations. Fitch Solutions, a unit of the UK Fitch Group, said China looks likely to be the dominant foreign influence over the coming […]

Chinese bag maker shuts down in Myanmar over COVID-19

A Chinese-owned bag factory in Yangon abruptly announced its shutdown on Monday due to a lack of raw materials caused by the COVID-19 epidemic in China. The Lucky Sky Bags factory in Mya Sein Yaung industrial zone in Hlaing Tharyar township gave no notice to its workers, some of whom were on strike, before shutting […]

Virus outbreak could impact Myanmar garment factories by March

The Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) says it fears that half the garment factories in the country may have to shut down temporarily as soon as March, due to a shortage of raw materials from China. The association announced this during a press conference at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and […]

Vietnam Eases Border Trade Restrictions With China to Help Virus-Hit Businesses

HANOI/LANG SON—Vietnam has eased restrictions on cross-border trade with China to prop up economic activities hit by the new coronavirus, the Ministry of Industry and Trade said on Thursday. China is Vietnam’s largest trading partner and the Southeast Asian country’s manufacturing sector relies on it for materials and equipment. China is also Vietnam’s key market […]

Myanmar conduit for wildlife trade with China as questions swirl over its role in virus panic

China’s deadly illicit trade in wildlife has been thrown into stark relief as Beijing recently announced a temporary ban on the sale of wildlife in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan that is suspected to have originated in the city’s wet market. While the focus is on demand in China for […]

Industrial zone in Kyaukphyu SEZ to be built at $30B

An industrial zone project within the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Rakhine State will be developed for US$30 billion, deputy commerce minister U Aung Htoo told Pyithu Hluttaw this week. CITIC Consortium from China owns 51 percent of the industrial zone while the Myanmar government owns 49pc, he said. The industrial zone will be […]

Southeast Asia Courts Local Tourists as Virus Shuts Chinese Out

MANILA—Southeast Asia’s holiday hotspots, hit by billions in lost business from Chinese tourists, are turning to markets closer to home to soften the blow from travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus epidemic. To make up for lost revenues, firms in the region are dangling discounted airfares, hotel accommodation and tour add-ons in a bid to […]