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The emergence of Suukyinomics

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) administration in Myanmar has been heavily condemned by international policy analysts for its absent economic vision and lack of a tangible policy on minority management. But it seems now there is a plan: Suukyinomics, a brand that began with the announcement on 28–29 January […]

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 […]

Trade war will drive Chinese investment in Asean to US$500 billion by 2035, think tank says

Chinese investment in Asean countries is set to more than triple to US$500 billion by 2035, with the US-China trade war likely to provide a catalyst for the spike, according to a regional think tank. The claim was made in a report published on Thursday by the Asean+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO), a regional macroeconomic […]

Kyaukphyu SEZ Project Awarded to China for Lack of Options, Ex-Minister Says

NAYPYITAW—Myanmar’s government did not want Chinese investment in the deep-sea port and special economic zone (SEZ) projects in Rakhine State’s Kyaukphyu, said U Kan Zaw, who served as minister for national planning and economic development under U Thein Sein’s administration. The previous government expected investment from the US and EU in the two projects, U […]

Why Myanmar is concerned about Chinese investment

I write in response to an article published here by an assistant fellow at the One Belt-One Road Strategy Institute of Tsinghua University. In my opinion, the article misread the true situation in Myanmar and might unintentionally jeopardize the reform agenda of the National League for Democracy (NLD) government, particularly in regard to economic development […]

Myanmar to trim Kyaukphyu cost but drops Annan’s strategic review suggestion

Nay Pyi Taw’s plan to reduce the cost of Kyaukpyu Special Economic Zone, including the proposed deep-sea port, will help cap its external debt load and avoid repeating Sri Lanka’s Hambantota’s precedent, according to London-headquartered research firm BMI Research. At the same time, a government committee has dropped any mentioning of commissioning a Strategic Environmental […]

Myanmar shouldn’t write off China without understanding her neighbour

An old Chinese proverb goes like this: “Three men make a tiger.” It means that if an unfounded premise is repeated many times, the premise will be accepted as the truth. Once this “tiger” is invented, it would be extremely difficult to dispel it from people’s minds, especially when we are living in a post-truth […]

Davos 2018: China’s economic shift and implications for Myanmar

Myanmar will capture Chinese investment as Beijing prioritises poverty alleviation and development in Yunnan AS the fight against poverty takes centre stage in Beijing’s economic policy, Yunnan and Myanmar will remain a priority for Chinese investment, while China’s fast-growing middle-income population, especially those in the southwest, presents a crucial market for Myanmar’s growth-oriented businesses as well […]

Mya Khwa Nyo Housing Project to be built under Chinese investment

YANGON- Myanmar will be implementing Mya Khwa Nyo Housing project which cost over US$ 70 million joining hand with the Chinese investment, according to the press conference organized by Myanmar Investment Commission held on January 19th. The project will be built on over 3-acre wide land plot in Tharkayta Township, Yangon Region. “It is China- […]

China Eyes Mon State Investment

MAWLAMYINE, Mon State — Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Hong Liang indicated his country is considering investment in Mon State during a meeting with the state government on Friday. According to the Chinese ambassador, investors are interested in rubber products manufacturing, fruit cultivation and the tourism sector, said Mon State minister for natural resources and environmental […]