Ruili — China’s gateway to Myanmar

The Jiegao border area is located in Ruili, a frontier city in China’s Yunnan province. Geographically, Yunnan occupies a unique position. Shortly after day break, under the cover of heavy monsoon clouds, the Jiegao border trading area — a medium-sized 2 sq. km. complex — appears desolate. In the half-light of the early hours, long-haul […]

Myanmar Gas Exports to Slow as Pipeline Closes for Work

YANGON — The Thai government is reportedly taking measures to avoid a shortage of energy after Myanmar announced a half-month stoppage of the Yetagun natural gas project. An official at the Burmese Ministry of Energy told The Irrawaddy that the pipeline, which takes gas from the Yetagon offshore gas field in the Andaman Sea to […]

Chinese and Indian Firms Tipped for Kyaukphyu SEZ Bidding Race

The Burmese government call for international bids to develop a proposed Special Economic Zone around Kyaukphyu on the western coast makes no mention of existing MoUs already signed with Chinese and Japanese companies, and reportedly involving noted crony Burmese businessman Tay Za. The announcement raises questions over these previous agreements, but an economic expert on […]