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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 […]

Civilians trapped as Myanmar rebels squabble over expected China boom

With artillery exploding around her village in Myanmar’s northeast, 70-year-old Nan Nyunt fled to a monastery, one of thousands of civilians trapped between rebel groups who are fighting for influence as a China-driven economic boom looms. “Houses were on fire and a buffalo died,” she told AFP, huddled on the floor with other elderly displaced […]

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 […]

Can China-Myanmar Economic Corridor overcome hurdles to progress?

Recently, U Aung Naing Oo, director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration of Myanmar, said that Myanmar and China will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on building the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), one of the key projects of the Belt and Road initiative (BRI). The two sides reached a 15-point […]

Myanmar to showcase investment projects, reforms in Hong Kong’s Belt and Road forum

The newly-appointed chair of Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) U Thaung Tun, who is also Union Minister at the Office of the Union Government, is going to lead a delegation to the third annual Belt and Road Summit in Hong Kong this week. Demonstrated by the major economic reforms we have implemented over the past year, […]