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Myanmar-Thailand highway branded ‘ecological and social disaster’

Community and conservation groups in Myanmar have branded a planned highway linking a port project to Thailand an “ecological and social disaster”, saying it would uproot indigenous people from their homes and farms. Critics said an environmental and social impact assessment for the road project, approved by the Myanmar government in June, failed to adequately […]

Experts Divided Over Ramifications of Belt and Road Courts on Myanmar

“This is bad news for Myanmar. It will undermine Myanmar’s sovereignty and empower multinational corporations,” said Dr Charlie Thame from Thammasat University. CRITICS questioned Beijing’s decision to set up three commercial courts in China to resolve Belt and Road-related project disputes, arguing that legal disagreements involving transnational investors should be settled in host states or […]

Critics call for fairness in selecting developers for deep-sea port and SEZ

As the developers for the Kyaukphyu deep seaport and several special economic zone (SEZ) projects will be selected in late January, critics are calling on authorities not to give Chinese developers precedence over other international companies. Thilawa SEZ, Dawei SEZ and Kyaukphyu SEZ have been mapped in Myanmar. Kyaukphyu SEZ is the only one with […]