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Myanmar-China Think Tank Forum kicks off in Yangon

The third Myanmar-China Think Tank Forum kicked off on Tuesday in Myanmar’s Yangon, gathering about 40 experts from both countries. Focusing on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Myanmar-China Economic Corridor, discussions and views were exchanged under four topics — “Economic Cooperation and Border Trade” “People-to-people Connectivity” “Socio-Economic Development” and “Cross-border Ethnic Communities” at […]

Yangon’s ‘new city’ plan raises a billion-dollar question

On January 12, the Chinese embassy in Yangon issued a statement that mentioned the US$.3.6 billion Myitsone dam project, suspended by the government since 2011, in a manner that aroused indignation in political circles and among the public. The statement, issued after a visit to Myitkyina by Chinese ambassador Mr Hong Liang, attributed Hong as […]

Cryptocurrency scheme not in Mong La, company says

A Yongbang cryptocurrency scheme in a border area of eastern Shan State is not located in Mong La Special Administrative Region 4, the Chinese firm in charge clarified. “The physical jurisdiction of Yongbang is a couple hours away from Mong La. Any control of incidental overlap [there should be none] will be maintained by the […]

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 […]

Projects Approved by Previous Gov’t Should Not Be Abolished: State Counselor

Myanmar State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said no investor would trust in Myanmar if a new government abolishes projects approved by its predecessor just because they do not comply with its policies. Her comments were in response to a question posed by a student at a meeting with locals in Kalay Township in […]

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 […]

Devil will be in the detail for Belt and Road courts

But as details have yet to emerge, it might be premature to judge. THE new Belt and Road courts could complement existing common law-based arbitration institutions and widen the choices for project parties, but the devil could be in the detail, such as the structure, composition of judges and governing rules, experts have warned. In […]

Suu Kyi’s man in Yangon under fire over transit deal with China

Aung San Suu Kyi’s first major infrastructure project could hardly be more visible – hundreds of new yellow buses now plying the streets of Yangon in what her ruling party hopes will be a potent symbol of how it is transforming peoples’ lives. But two deals to import 2,000 buses from China estimated at more […]

The construction of BCIM Economic Corridor vs. Myanmar

The BCIM Economic Corridor is the economic link connecting the Ganges River of India, the Ayerwaddy River of Myanmar, and the Mekong River of Indo-China. It is the lead bridge connecting the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean. It is a market focus point for China, South and South East Asia. Therefore, building of the […]

China freezes bank accounts of Myanmar companies

Three banks in Yunnan Province, China froze the bank accounts of over 100 Myanmar companies engaged in border trade last week over possible links to illegal internet gambling and smuggling, prompting swift action from the Union Minister for Commerce to try and reopen the accounts, according to officials in China and Myanmar. The frozen accounts […]