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Chinese President’s Upcoming Visit Seen as Bid to Gain Myanmar Leaders’ Commitment on BRI Projects

YANGON—Chinese President Xi Jinping is reportedly planning to visit Myanmar late next week, in a trip many believe is aimed at sending a signal regarding the country’s importance to China’s strategic ambitions in the Indian Ocean, while shoring up support for Xi’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) among leaders in Myanmar, which is slated […]

Chinese Foreign Minister Visits Myanmar to Speed Up Belt and Road Projects

YANGON – A Chinese foreign affairs chief has pushed the Myanmar government to speed up construction of projects within the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor, which is a part of the giant Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). In Naypyitaw, China’s State Councilor Wang Yi told Myanmar’s State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday that China […]

China Seeks Road, River Route Via Ayeyarwady for Economic Corridor

China is planning to build vital trade and logistics links with Myanmar along the Ayeyarwady River as part of the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) to bypass poor road infrastructure. Proposed by China in November 2017 as part of its global Belt and Road Initiative, the CMEC is expected to connect China’s Yunnan Province with Mandalay […]

Speculative Yangon City Mega-Project Draws ‘White Elephant’ Concerns for Myanmar

YANGON: On the western bank of the muddy Hlaing River, development and prosperity is a distant view. It can be seen across the expanse of water in the rising apartment blocks, office buildings and grinding industry. Over there is Yangon proper, a city of some six million people and the economic hub of Myanmar. Over […]

Myanmar State Firm Signs Deal to Buy Electricity From Strategic Chinese Project in Rakhine

YANGON—A Myanmar state-owned enterprise has inked a power purchase agreement with a Myanmar-China joint venture company that is developing a 135-megawatt (MW) power plant project in Kyaukphyu, in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The plant is one of the strategic projects that make up the Myanmar section of Beijing’s grand infrastructure plan, the Belt and Road […]

Skirmishes prompt concerns, debate over major railroad project

Investor interest in building a railway project linking Mandalay to Muse, the largest trading post between Myanmar and China, is expected to wane due to security challenges along the border, analysts and observers said. The risks of disruption may deter most investors from tendering for the project, leaving China, which is seen as best being […]

China Leads Investment in Yangon

YANGON—China was the largest investor in Myanmar’s financial hub, Yangon Region, in the first nine months of the current fiscal year, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). China is already the second-largest investor in the country. The director of DICA’s Yangon Region Office, U Myo Khaing Oo, said on Wednesday that […]

New Chinese Ambassador Vows to Seek ‘Practical Cooperation’ with Myanmar on BRI Projects

China’s new ambassador to Myanmar said he would push for deeper “practical cooperation” on Beijing’s grand infrastructure projects in the country while working to advance bilateral relations. One day after President U Win Myint accepted the credentials of Ambassador Chen Hai in Naypyitaw, the Chinese Embassy issued a statement on Wednesday regarding their discussion in […]

Gov’t Spells Out Conditions for Signing BRI Deals with China

A senior Myanmar official revealed that the government has drawn up a set of conditions for signing memorandums of understanding (MOUs) related to Beijing’s grand infrastructure projects in the country in order to avoid falling into a “debt trap” with China and to ensure the projects benefit both countries. The conditions include acquiring international financing […]

Myanmar Signs 3 Agreements at Belt and Road Forum

Myanmar’s government signed two memorandums of understanding (MOUs) and an agreement letter with China at Beijing’s Belt and Road Forum on Thursday, detailing strengthened cooperation between the countries on the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), trade and technology. According to the Ministry of Information, Myanmar State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Prime Minister of […]