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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 […]

Surveying Begins on Muse-Mandalay Railway

Ground survey work began Sunday on the Myanmar-China high-speed railway, a project that will link two economic centers in Myanmar with Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province in southwestern China, as part of Beijing’s grand infrastructure plan for the region. “A joint team is working on a study of the railway alignment,” Ministry of Transport […]

Sichuan Airlines launches 2nd direct flight between China, Myanmar’s Yangon

China’s Sichuan Airlines has launched a new direct flight between Hangzhou, capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province and Myanmar’s Yangon since Tuesday, a release from the Yangon Aerodrome Company, an operating company of Yangon International Airport (YIA), said on Wednesday. It became the second route of the airline between Yangon and China following the launch […]

Beijing Urges Gov’t to Get Ball Rolling on China-Myanmar Economic Corridor

The vice chairman of China’s top economic planning agency has pushed Myanmar’s State Counselor to work out an implementation plan for the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor, a part of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). China National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Vice Chairman Ning Jizhe held talks with State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi […]

Sichuan Airlines arrives in Yangon

Sichaun Airlines launched its first flight to Yangon (RGN) on 13 November, the day in which it started services from Xi’an (XIY). The 2,317-kilometre connection will be flown three times weekly using A320s, with the route facing no direct competition. Jose Angeja, COO, Yangon Airport said: “Sichuan Airlines connects Yangon, the commercial capital of Myanmar, […]

Myanmar tourism rolls out red carpet

The first tourists from Japan, South Korea and China to take advantage of Myanmar’s easing of visa rules enjoyed a VIP welcome at Yangon Airport Wednesday. A celebration at the airport welcomed travellers flying in from Japan and Korea, who were among the first to enjoy a visa-free privilege that was introduced on Monday. The […]

Myanmar to send commercial attaches to more countries

IN A BID to boost trade with foreign countries, Myanmar will appoint new commercial attaches in more countries in the coming months, said a government official. Khin Maung Lwin, assistant secretary and spokesperson of the Ministry of Commerce, said the ministry is currently training some officials to be sent to foreign countries which have strong […]

China hardsells big ticket but low on trust, India’s soft power push in Myanmar education and health

As Delhi seeks to expand its engagement with Myanmar, it is in sectors such as education, health and entertainment services that India hopes to make an impact in a country crowded with several international players, and completely dominated by China. In a state-of-the art classroom at the steel and glass Myanmar Institute of Information Technology […]

Sichuan Airlines launches direct flights to Mandalay in Myanmar

A new air route opened between Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, and Mandalay in Myanmar on Sunday. The round-trip flights by Sichuan Airlines’ Airbus A320 aircraft fly every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The flying time lasts about 90 minutes each way. With over 130 Airbus aircraft, Sichuan Airlines is the largest all-Airbus-fleet […]

China Faces Increasing Competition in Myanmar

Chinese domination of Myanmar can not be denied, as China is Myanmar’s top trading partner, and over the past three decades has also emerged as the single largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the southeast Asian state. Myanmar-China bilateral trade had already reached $5.5 billion in the first half of the present fiscal […]