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Amid Int’l Espionage Concerns, Mandalay to Embrace Huawei for ‘Safe City’ Project

As part of its high-tech makeover to become a “smart city” with a view to enhancing the rule of law and security, Myanmar’s second largest city Mandalay is ready to embrace Huawei, prompting questions about whether upper Myanmar’s business hub will become prone to data theft and state-sponsored spying—both of which the Chinese telecom giant […]

Myanmar-China Think Tank Forum kicks off in Yangon

The third Myanmar-China Think Tank Forum kicked off on Tuesday in Myanmar’s Yangon, gathering about 40 experts from both countries. Focusing on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Myanmar-China Economic Corridor, discussions and views were exchanged under four topics — “Economic Cooperation and Border Trade” “People-to-people Connectivity” “Socio-Economic Development” and “Cross-border Ethnic Communities” at […]

China-Backed Muse-Mandalay Railway to Cost $9 Billion

An ambitious China-backed railway project connecting two economic centers in Myanmar with Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province in southwestern China, will cost almost US$9 billion and final decisions on the specific details of the construction are expected to be made by the end of this year. As a part of the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor […]

Myanmar, China to collaborate on infrastructure, technology

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) and one agreement with China on April 25, according to the Ministry of Information. The two MoUs and agreement were signed during a meeting between Daw Suu and Chinese Premier Mr. Li Keqiang during the Second Belt and Road Forum for International […]

Economic Corridor to benefit people of China, Myanmar

KUNMING – At a fruit market in Wanding, Ruili, a county on the China-Myanmar border, workers are transferring watermelons and muskmelons from Myanmar to heavy trucks which will soon leave for Beijing, Shanghai and other cities in China. “Burmese fruit tastes good and enjoys great popularity among Chinese people,” Said Liu Hongfang, a manager of […]

Full steam ahead for China-Myanmar high-speed railway

Once stalled plans to build a high-speed railroad connecting China’s southern city of Kunming and Myanmar’s Kyaukphyu port on the Bay of Bengal are firmly back on track. If completed, the 1,400-kilometer railroad will be a crucial link in a strategic economic corridor through which China’s imports and exports would bypass the congested Malacca Strait […]

On Myanmar border, a city thrives

Opening-up has played a key role in the economic development of Tengchong, Yunnan province, both in the past and today, local authorities say. “It is not hard to see that all the economically active periods in Tengchong’s history were those when we had close contacts and deep exchanges with South and Southeast Asia, and the […]

What the US Can Learn from China and India’s Engagement With Myanmar

Washington and Brussels recently levied new economic sanctions against certain Myanmar military officers in connection with the atrocities of the Rohingya crisis unfolding in the country’s western Rakhine state, where thousands of the Muslim minority group have died and hundreds of thousands more have fled across the border to Bangladesh. The United Nations High Commissioner […]

China, Myanmar Agree 15-Point MoU on Economic Corridor

YANGON — Chinese and Myanmar officials agreed a 15-point Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on building a China-Myanmar Economic Corridor, part of China’s One Belt One Road Initiative, said U Min Zaw Oo, the director of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). “The agreements have been reached. The 15-point MoU is ready,” U Min […]

China, Myanmar to sign MOU on Economic Corridor in 2018

China and Myanmar will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on building the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), one of the highlight projects of the Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, according to reports by media in Myanmar. U Aung Naing Oo, Director General of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration of Myanmar, was recently […]