Myanmar exports 2m tonnes of oil via pipeline over 4 months

OVER 2 million tonnes of crude oil has been exported to China through the Myanmar-China pipeline, according to U Toe Aung Myint, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Commerce (MOC). The pipeline connecting Made Island in Rakhine State to Kunming, capital of China’s Yunnan Probince was inaugurated on May 2, 2017. By September 1, the […]

The ‘Belt and Road’ Projects China Doesn’t Want Anyone Talking About

Kunming, Yunnan’s provincial capital, occupies a key place in China’s economic diplomacy efforts as the terminus of oil and gas pipelines from the Bay of Bengal and the starting point of a planned railway network winding through Indo-China to Singapore. But the provincial authorities have obscured the location of a brand new, 29.2 billion yuan […]

Tengchong: the allure of border town gemstones

YUNNAN, Southwest China — A builder surnamed Zhang squats as he rummages through a pile of rocks, examining them intently with a pocket-size flashlight. Each one has been sliced in half to expose the jade within. Zhang traveled more than 600 kilometers from the provincial capital, Kunming, to the bustling jade market in Tengchong in […]

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 […]

Once controversial oil refinery to open in Yunnan this month

A petrochemical facility near Kunming, once the source of grave public concern, is preparing to open for business later this month. Owned and operated by PetroChina, the factory 28 kilometers west of the provincial capital in Anning (安宁), is the first of its kind in Yunnan, according to a company press release. The refinery will […]

India, China, Myanmar should develop Stilwell Road: Chinese media

BEIJING: India, China and Myanmar should establish a joint dialogue mechanism to restore the Stilwell Road connecting the three countries to revitalise trade in the region, Chinese media said today. “The Stilwell Road was called the Ledo Road, but renamed after Stilwell at the suggestion of Kuomintang leader Chiang Kai-shek. Ledo, a small town in […]

Can This Frontier Venue For NatGas Reel In Serious Investment?

After five decades of oil and gas exploration stagnation and mismanagement of natural resources under military rule, Myanmar (formerly Burma) in March elected its first non-military president since the 1962 coup, and if it all plays out right, it could open the floodgates for investment in this strategically vital oil and gas venue. On 15 […]

Myanmar Boom Wanes as Overcapacity Bites

When Myanmar opened to the world back in 2012, the country experienced a rapid expansion in air travel. Thirteen foreign airlines carried roughly 2 million international passengers. By 2014, the international market had jumped to 3.2 million passengers traveling with nine foreign airline groups, bringing the total number of international carriers to 22. But now the […]

Mandalay adds new shopping mall

MANDALAY, 15 May 2015: Mandalay Yatanar Mall will open by April next year adding a up-market shopping option for tourists visiting the country’s second largest city. The Global New Light of Myanmar media said the Mandalay Yatanar Mall would showcase Myanmar-made jewellery, silk products and handicrafts as well as branded shopping items. The mall, on […]

Yunnan’s governor looks to smooth relations with Myanmar

One of the top government officials in Yunnan is spending time this week in Naypyidaw, capital of neighboring Myanmar. Provincial governor Chen Hao, began a three-day diplomatic trip May 6 by meeting with Burmese president Thein Sein to discuss a litany concerns on both sides, as well as ways to promote the increase of legitimate […]