Chinese to conduct feasibility study on Mandalay-Kyaukphyu railway

A Chinese company is applying to conduct feasibility studies for a high-speed railway between Mandalay-Kyaukphyu, said U Nyi Nyi Swe, general manager of Myanma Railways. The railway is part of a larger railway project connecting Muse to Mandalay. A memorandum of understanding for the railway was signed between the Myanmar government and China Railway Eryuan […]

Myanmar Govt to Probe Contentious Chinese Development on Thai Border

YANGON—The Myanmar government has formed a tribunal to investigate irregularities surrounding a controversial China-backed city development project near the Thai border in Karen State. The planned mega resort and city expansion project is controlled by the Karen State Border Guard Force, a Myanmar military-backed armed group led by Colonel Chit Thu and formerly known as […]

The road from Mandalay: Myanmar’s rise as key Chinese cattle supplier

FOUR years ago I wrote a story about the Myanmar cattle industry with the heading “Myanmar’s Enigmatic Beef Cattle Industry: Please ring back in 2026.” I have just spent two weeks in Myanmar (formerly Burma) in mid-January 2020 and must review my predictions for the future of the cattle industry as a lot has happened […]

Chinese automakers move into Myanmar to battle Japanese rivals

YANGON — Chinese automakers are ramping up local production in Myanmar as they go head to head with dominant and entrenched Japanese rivals in the fast-growing market. There was a fivefold increase in the number of new cars sold in Myanmar in the three years to 2019, when sales hit 21,916, according to data from […]

Chinese Consulate General donates protective equipment for Myanmar

MANDALAY-In the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Mandalay yesterday donated protective equipment to Myanmar. The donation including surgical masks and hand sanitizer which will be used in aviation, immigration, customs and Quarantine departments in the Tada-U International Airport, Mandalay, were handed over. “After the Coronavirus […]

Chinese companies hope to cash in on cannabis

Investors from China are keen to grow non-intoxicating strains of cannabis in Myanmar for medicinal or industrial use, but that won’t happen without change to the anti-narcotics law. By HEIN THAR | FRONTIER COMPANIES IN China have expressed strong interest in growing cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes in Myanmar, although legal cultivation of even […]

Kachin State Approves Chinese-Backed Business Park in Border Town

YANGON—The Kachin State parliament approved a proposal on Thursday to implement a Chinese-backed business park project in the border town of Kanpiketi, a part of Beijing’s grand infrastructure plans for its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Proposed in 2018, the Kanpiketi Business Park will cover nearly 70 acres in the border town in northern Kachin […]

Chinese investment enquires in Myanmar affected by COVID-19

Enquiries on Myanmar by Chinese investors have fallen in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak which has infected 78,064 in China and caused the death of 2,715, mostly in the central province of Hubei. “Chinese investors making investment enquires to Myanmar have fallen since the virus broke out in December last year. The virus has […]

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 […]

Chinese Visitor to Myanmar Tests Negative for Coronavirus, Released After Four Days of Quarantine

YANGON—A 56-year-old Chinese man who quarantined in Yangon on Friday on suspicion of carrying the coronavirus after arriving on a flight from Guangzhou has been released from the hospital after his symptoms cleared up and test results showed him to be virus-free, according to Myanmar’s Health Ministry. The man had been under observation in an […]