Villagers in Myanmar Describe the Destructive Power of China’s Building Frenzy

Kyaukphyu, Myanmar — President Xi Jinping of China is hosting a conference in Beijing this weekend to showcase one of his biggest gambles: a planned investment in pipelines, ports, trains, roads and other projects to link China to much of the rest of the world, including Europe and Africa. Called One Belt, One Road, the multibillion-dollar initiative seeks to generate business for China’s state-owned enterprises […]

French Chamber and UMFCCI to Support Myanmar-EU Trade

The French Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI France Myanmar) and the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on May 5 to strengthen partnership with a focus on supporting SMEs and Myanmar businesses. CCI France Myanmar said that the agreement comes at a […]

Singaporean investment starts rice production for international export

Agrastar, a partnership between Chin Corp Myanmar, Agrocorp International, and RiverWest Capital, was formed to supply high-quality agricultural commodities from Myanmar to the global market, and especially to Europe. The rice production and export facility is completely automated to process 75,000 tonnes of paddy annually – producing high-quality parboiled, brown and white rice. Agrastar aims […]

‘One Belt, One Road’ Welcomed With Some Caution

China is convening from Sunday a large two-day summit in Beijing to tout its ambitious “One Belt, One Road” development strategy. The initiative proposed by China’s leadership seeks to promote massive infrastructure projects, spanning 65 countries in Asia and Europe and about 40 percent of global gross domestic product. Many Asian countries, including populous Indonesia […]

China-Myanmar oil, gas project benefits both

The China-Myanmar crude oil and gas pipeline, a pioneer project of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, has brought tangible benefits to both sides, and won broad support. The pipeline project consists of a crude oil pipeline and a natural gas pipeline, which run from the port of Kyaukpyu on Myanmar’s west coast to Ruili […]

What’s Behind Myanmar Military Chief’s Europe Voyage?

Starting from April 22, Myanmar’s military chief Min Aung Hlaing embarked on a goodwill visit to the Federal Republic of Germany with a stopover in Austria. His trip, made at the invitation of his German counterpart, signals the continuing importance that Berlin, as well as Europe more generally, plays in Myanmar’s development as well as […]

Switzerland to Buy Myanmar Coffee as Industry Explores New Markets for Quality Beans

Myanmar will send 18 tons of medium-grade coffee to Switzerland this month, the latest ship­ment to one of several far-flung richer countries that are seen as vital to sustaining the nascent in­dustry. It will be the second 18 ton shipment to the coun­try, following a batch that was sent last year, the My­anmar Coffee Association […]

New Myanmar oil pipeline bolsters China’s energy security

The opening of an oil pipeline through Myanmar is a big step forward for China’s energy security, reducing the major importer’s reliance on shipments through waters where the U.S. exerts strong influence. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Htin Kyaw, his counterpart from Myanmar, agreed Monday to activate an oil pipeline stretching roughly 770km from Kyaukpyu, […]

Soccer Diplomacy in Singapore’s ‘Little Burma’

SINGAPORE — A goal kick away from the Toa Payoh Stadium are reminders of the once-close ties between Myanmar and this Singapore neighborhood, home to the Burmese Buddhist Temple and streets named for the towns and rivers of the Golden Land. The arena hosts Balestier Khalsa Football Club, of Singapore’s professional soccer league, and sits […]

Beset by delays, Myanmar-China oil pipeline nears start-up

Nearly a decade in the making, a project to pump oil 770 km (480 miles) across Myanmar to southwest China is set for imminent start-up, with a supertanker nearing the port of Kyauk Phyu, marking the opening of a new oil trading route. Dogged by sensitive relations between Naypyitaw and Beijing, the $1.5 billion oil […]