Myanmar eyes China’s trade plan for much-needed infrastructure, as crisis in Rakhine goes on

Minister for Construction U Win Khaing told the Asean and Asia Forum in Singapore on Thursday that his country needed to improve its infrastructure quickly to cope with the mass internal migration to its cities. The government had been in contact with various potential partners, including China and Japan, promoting Myanmar as a hub to […]

The Replanting of Mangrove Trees Along Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River is Set to Receive a Boost Next month with The Help of Drones Developed by UK firm BioCarbon Engineering.

The drones are ten times faster at planting trees than humans are, and due to this efficiency, can cut costs in half. The aim is to restore degraded mangroves, which, due to excessive wood cutting for fuel, agricultural expansion and the construction of fish and shrimp ponds, are disappearing three times faster than rainforests. Only 16 per cent […]

Ruili — China’s gateway to Myanmar

The Jiegao border area is located in Ruili, a frontier city in China’s Yunnan province. Geographically, Yunnan occupies a unique position. Shortly after day break, under the cover of heavy monsoon clouds, the Jiegao border trading area — a medium-sized 2 sq. km. complex — appears desolate. In the half-light of the early hours, long-haul […]

Keeping Myanmar’s Lights On

Myanmar is one of the world’s fastest growing economies, with projected annual growth of 7.8% in gross domestic product for the financial year to March 31 2017, according to the World Bank. Only those who have not spent time with its overwhelmingly young and enthusiastic people — or those unaware of the vast potential of […]

Chinese factory in Myanmar ransacked by hundreds of angry workers

Hundreds of workers in Myanmar attacked a Chinese garment factory in Yangon, destroying equipment and briefly detaining seven Chinese workers on Thursday, the official China News Service reported. The attack on the factory was carried out by staff angered by the sacking of a colleague, according to a local newspaper report. The seven Chinese “captives” […]

Myanmar Town Wants the Secret Out: George Orwell Slept Here

​​ KATHA (Myanmar) — In the 1990s, Mr Nyo Ko Naing noticed that the handful of foreign tourists who made it to his remote hometown were carrying their own maps and looked like they were searching for something. Someone, it turns out, by the name of George Orwell. Katha was Eric Blair’s last posting in […]

Animosity in a Burmese Hub Deepens as Chinese Get Richer

MANDALAY, Myanmar — From damp and drizzly London, the siren of British imperialism, Rudyard Kipling, wrote a poem that captured the palm trees, pagodas and temple bells of Burma during colonial rule. The romance of that verse, “Mandalay,” became a refrain for the exotic East, and of this city, in particular, once a royal capital […]

Myanmar’s Logging Ban Feeds shadow Economy of Illegal Trade

For the duration of the ban, which runs into April 2017, any demand for wood is expected to be met through stockpiled wood controlled by the government’s logging entity Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE). The ban is seen as a way to not only protect Myanmar’s forests but to save lives. In 2012 the UN ranked […]

China faces tougher laws in Myanmar

In the wake of the controversial Myitsone dam, Aung San Suu Kyi is demanding more from investors involved in high risk projects, reports Vicky Bowman A new government took power in Myanmar on March 31, 2016, led in practice, if not on paper, by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.  Governments and businesses around the world are keenly […]

As Suu Kyi heads home, solving dam deadlock remains key to improving ties between China and Myanmar

The improvement of ties between China and Myanmar still hinges on a deadlocked dam project despite Aung San Suu Kyi’s largely successful visit to China as Myanmar’s de facto leader, according to diplomatic observers. The suspension of the US$3.6 billion Myitsone project on the Irrawaddy River by Suu Kyi’s predecessor Thein Sein in 2011 plunged […]