MEHL to Sell Mandalay Brewery to Kirin

​​ Japanese brewer Kirin will buy Mandalay Brewery of Myanmar for an estimated several hundred million yen (several million dollars) in its latest effort to strengthen its presence in the Asia-Oceania region, a newspaper said on February 11. Kirin will create a local subsidiary to take over the country’s oldest brewery, based in the northern […]

Chinese company to build oil refinery near Dawei SEZ in Myanmar

YANGON — A Chinese state-affiliated company plans to build an oil refinery near a special economic zone in Dawei, Myanmar, a development led by the Japanese and Thai governments. The move may force Japanese companies to review their plans to pursue opportunities offered by the development of the Dawei special economic zone in the southwestern Myanmar city. The government-appointed […]

Myanmar makes way for foreign beverages

YANGON — The globe’s big beer and beverage makers are rushing into Southeast Asia’s last frontier. Consumers do some comparison shopping in the beer aisle of a Yangon supermarket. That would be Myanmar, where here in the largest city, Netherlands-based Heineken and Myanmar’s Alliance Brewery on July 12 jointly opened a beer factory. The Dutch […]

The Impact of Energy on China/Myanmar Relations

China and Myanmar have had a mixed post-war relationship, ranging from warm to hostile, with Burma being the first non-communist country to recognize the PRC in 1949, then expelling much of its Chinese population following anti-Chinese riots in the 1960s. Since the repression of pro-democracy riots in 1988, Myanmar has generally sought a closer relationship […]