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Myanmar risks falling into a China debt trap

To understand China’s top priority in Myanmar, forget Beijing’s involvement in the country’s sputtering peace process, or efforts to restart its backed but now suspended US$3.9 billion Myitsone hydroelectric dam, or even securing rights to extract copper at the locally resisted Letpadaung mine outside of Mandalay. Those are all subordinate interests to what China really […]

India: Myanmar visa fee removal boosts prospects of healthcare tourism

KOLKATA, SEPTEMBER 17: India’s recent decision to remove $80 visa charge for Myanmar nationals (except in e-visa) improved prospects of healthcare tourism in India. West Bengal may be a major gainer as Kolkata has the best flight connectivity to Myanmar among all major Indian cities. Advantage India India controls the expanding pharmaceutical products market in […]

6,900 km gas pipelines to connect Bangladesh, Myanmar, India

GARTALA: The government has ambitious plan to lay 6,900 km of gas pipelines linking Bangladesh, Myanmar, most north-eastern states, and West Bengal, ONGC Executive director S.C. Soni said here. “As part of Hydrocarbon Vision 2030 for North-eastern region, 6,900 km pipelines would be laid connecting Sitwe (Myanmar), Chittagong (Bangladesh), most north-eastern states, Siliguri and Durgapur,” […]

Strong quake hits northern Myanmar, shakes neighbouring countries

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck Myanmar on Wednesday, causing tremors around the region, including in neighbouring Bangladesh where scores were reported injured in stampedes and buildings were damaged. YANGON: A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck Myanmar on Wednesday (Apr 13), causing tremors around the region, including in neighbouring Bangladesh where scores were reported injured in stampedes and buildings […]