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IFC report recommends alternatives to high-risk Myitsone

A government-sponsored study warned against restarting the highly controversial Myitsone dam and recommended alternatives to develop the country’s hydropower sector. The final version of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the hydropower sector, supported by the energy and environment ministries and authored by the International Finance Corporation, has been published. The SEA involved a range […]

China clinches multi-billion-dollar strategic port deal with Myanmar

China has clinched a multi-billion-dollar deal to build a port + at a strategic town along the coast of the Bay of Bengal in Myanmar, its third project in India’s neighbourhood after Sri Lanka and Pakistan. China and Myanmar signed an agreement on Thursday to build the deep sea port project in Kyaukpyu town after […]

China’s poverty alleviation efforts in Myanmar help ease Rakhine State situation

China has been paying close attention to the Rakhine State conflict in Myanmar and the ensuing refugee exodus to Bangladesh. In March, during the legislative two sessions, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China has always insisted on a peaceful and rightful way of dealing with international affairs, especially those at the center of attention. Nearly […]

China Moots Economic Corridor with Myanmar for Easy Access to Indian Ocean

China has proposed to build an economic corridor with Myanmar to enhance trade investments, which Chinese experts say would allow access to the Indian Ocean for the country. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi who visited Myanmar made the proposal yesterday. The proposed corridor is regarded significant as the BCIM (Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar) Economic Corridor […]

China-Myanmar Border Economic Cooperation Zone Location Speculated

Zhou Rong, a senior research fellow at the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China in Bejing, told the Chinese state-run Global Times that the China-Myanmar Border Economic Cooperation Zone was likely to be established at the border between Yunnan province and Kachin State. On May 17, the Communist Party-run newspaper quoted […]

Jade and Redwood Traders Struggle in China

China’s jade and redwood traders are seeking to diversify their business as domestic demand drops and the Myanmar’s new government tightening its grip over natural resources. “The sales of high-end gemstones have been tepid the last two years,” Kyaw Win Khaing, a Chinese-born Myanmar national who has been selling Myanmar jade in Ruili, Yunnan Province, […]

Questions Remain Over Chinese Involvement in Myanmar Violence

Violent clashes between government troops and ethnic rebels have continued unabated in Myanmar’s northern Shan state since February 9. The fighting, which pits the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) of the Kokang ethnic group against the national army, has sparked accusations that China has a hand in the conflict (the Kokang are ethnically Chinese). […]

China won’t interfere in Myanmar’s domestic affairs

China debates bridging Silk Road blueprint with India’s “Look East” policy in Myanmar China has assured Myanmar that it will not interfere in its domestic affairs, despite a cross-border surge in the Yunnan province of refugees, who are escaping fighting following a military offensive in northern Myanmar. Heavy fighting between the Myanmar army and Kokang […]

Myitsone Dam Project on Hold, but Far From Dead

Back in September 2011 when President Thein Sein issued a decree ordering that construction of the Myitsone dam “be suspended in the time of our government,” the announcement was met with widespread applause both internationally and at home. The ambitious project, which involves building a 152-meter-tall hydroelectric dam at the confluence of the two rivers […]