What About the Chinese Immigrants Caught in Myanmar’s Crossfire?

​​ Huang Yanling’s grandparents had thought they could never return home to China when they sought asylum in Myanmar almost six decades ago. The pair from Tengchong, in Yunnan ( 雲南 ) province, were driven out of the country along with countless others when a nationwide famine hit as a result of Mao Zedong’s ( […]

Laukkai casinos thrive under military

Despite nine months of military rule and being declared illegal, the notorious casinos of Laukkai are still thriving in the conflict-torn region on the border with China. In their crisp uniforms, the hundreds of young men and women who work as croupiers have become a well-recognised symbol of the town. Police officers of the Kokang […]

War freezes Kokang econ zone

The Kokang economic zone, located at the epicentre of the heavy fighting that broke out in February near the Chinese border, is undamaged but unlikely to come into operation any time soon, local officials said yesterday. U Kyaw Swe, the secretary of the Kokang self-administered region, told The Myanmar Times that access to the zone […]

China’s Myanmar Conundrum

Myanmar’s political transition has spawned debates and deliberations in policymaking circles and strategic communities across the world. The economic and strategic spinoff of the political changes has generated immense attention and interest. Not least in China. As recently as 2011, prior to its “opening up,” Myanmar was not only considered cut off from international engagement, […]

Questions Remain Over Chinese Involvement in Myanmar Violence

Violent clashes between government troops and ethnic rebels have continued unabated in Myanmar’s northern Shan state since February 9. The fighting, which pits the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) of the Kokang ethnic group against the national army, has sparked accusations that China has a hand in the conflict (the Kokang are ethnically Chinese). […]

Myanmar military wins rare praise in war with ethnic Chinese rebels

Fighting between the Myanmar army and ethnic Chinese rebels has handed the long-feared military a public relations coup, with an explosion of praise on social media and even former political prisoners expressing grudging support. YANGON: Fighting between the Myanmar army and ethnic Chinese rebels has handed the long-feared military a public relations coup, with an […]