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Myanmar State Firm Signs Deal to Buy Electricity From Strategic Chinese Project in Rakhine

YANGON—A Myanmar state-owned enterprise has inked a power purchase agreement with a Myanmar-China joint venture company that is developing a 135-megawatt (MW) power plant project in Kyaukphyu, in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The plant is one of the strategic projects that make up the Myanmar section of Beijing’s grand infrastructure plan, the Belt and Road […]

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 […]

Framework for Kyaukphyu Port to be signed next week

The Myanmar government and China-based CITIC Group will sign a framework agreement for the construction of the Kyaukphyu Deep Sea Port project in Rakhine State next week, said U Aung Htoo, deputy minister of commerce. “It was agreed that for the first phase, the deep sea port will be implemented with US$1.3 billion (K2.4 trillion) […]

MoU for Kyaukphyu SEZ to be Finalized in September

Ministry of Commerce is trying to finalize the MoU for Kyaukphu SEZ in Rakhine state in September of this year and will implement the zone sector by sector. Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone Management Committee is in talk with China’s CITIC on the first stage framework agreement and the two parties have reached profit sharing ratio-CITIC […]

After Pakistan, China trying to build economic corridor to Myanmar

BEIJING: China and Myanmar are close to signing a deal on the establishment of a China-Myanmar Economic Corridor along the lines of the controversial China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Once launched, the project will unleash a massive inflow of Chinese funds to Myanmar which can further weaken Indian influence over its eastern neighbor. A senior Myanmar […]

Can China-Myanmar Economic Corridor overcome hurdles to progress?

Recently, U Aung Naing Oo, director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration of Myanmar, said that Myanmar and China will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on building the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), one of the key projects of the Belt and Road initiative (BRI). The two sides reached a 15-point […]

New Chair of Kyaukphyu SEZ Wary of Chinese Loans

YANGON — Myanmar will endeavor to take on no loans from China to complete the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone (SEZ) but would offer the developer no sovereign guarantees to mitigate risk if it does, said the project’s new chairman, seeking to allay fears of a debt trap. Sean Turnell, an economic adviser to State Counselor […]

Deputy Finance Minister Named New Chair of Kyaukphyu SEZ

YANGON — Deputy Planning and Finance Minister U Set Aung has been appointed chairman of the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Management Committee amid the government’s ongoing efforts to renegotiate its agreement with the project’s Chinese developer to give Myanmar a larger stake. The appointment took effect on May 8 and was approved by Vice […]

Myanmar shouldn’t write off China without understanding her neighbour

An old Chinese proverb goes like this: “Three men make a tiger.” It means that if an unfounded premise is repeated many times, the premise will be accepted as the truth. Once this “tiger” is invented, it would be extremely difficult to dispel it from people’s minds, especially when we are living in a post-truth […]

China firms up ties with Myanmar

China’s emergence as a global player and its generous foreign aid to Southeast Asian countries often leads to claims that its true actions are disguised and really a means to expand its power and influence throughout the region. However, Myanmar has adeptly managed its relations with the Asian powerhouse over the years and, contrary to […]