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Silk Road sweeteners: China woos Myanmar’s NLD with junkets

The National League for Democracy was forged in an uprising against one-party rule. Its activists spent years in jail under Myanmar’s military junta. But since taking power three years ago, the party led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has found an unlikely ally – the Chinese Communist Party. The friendship has blossomed in […]

Foreign Countries Behind Myitsone Dam Opposition: Chinese Ambassador

YANGON—Opposition to the controversial Chinese-backed Myitsone Dam was politically victimized by “some forces backed by foreign countries” in an effort to derail Myanmar’s democratic reform process and hinder China-Myanmar relations, the outgoing Chinese ambassador to Myanmar said. “Misinformation frequently came out [about the dam]. Their goal is to create misunderstanding about the project,” Ambassador Hong […]

Local hydropower association goes independent

The Myanmar Hydropower Developer’s Association (MHDA), led by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), has now become an independent Myanmar-registered group promoting sustainable work in the country’s hydropower sector, it announced on Wednesday. Founded in 2016 as the Hydropower Developers’ Working Group, MHDA is a platform where hydropower firms and related professionals are able to support […]

Projects Approved by Previous Gov’t Should Not Be Abolished: State Counselor

Myanmar State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said no investor would trust in Myanmar if a new government abolishes projects approved by its predecessor just because they do not comply with its policies. Her comments were in response to a question posed by a student at a meeting with locals in Kalay Township in […]

IFC report recommends alternatives to high-risk Myitsone

A government-sponsored study warned against restarting the highly controversial Myitsone dam and recommended alternatives to develop the country’s hydropower sector. The final version of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the hydropower sector, supported by the energy and environment ministries and authored by the International Finance Corporation, has been published. The SEA involved a range […]

China port pact in focus as President visits Myanmar

President Ram Nath Kovind’s first visit to Myanmar starting on Monday will be an occasion to build upon the strong bilateral relationship with India’s biggest link with the Asean region. However, with Myanmar signing the Kyaukpyu port project with China in November, officials in India are concerned that this port could become a greater security […]

Ministry issues notice to proceed for Deedoke hydro project

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy has issued a notice to proceed to the developers of the 60-megawatt Deedoke hydropower project in Mandalay Region. Ministry officials signed the notice with the developers – Andritz of Austria, Kansai of Japan and High Tech Construction Trust, which is a subsidiary of Myanmar’s Shwe Taung Group – at […]

China set to build Rakhine port

Myanmar says it is eager to begin work on a Chinese-backed port and industrial park project in the Rakhine State town of Kyaukpyu with a decision is expected soon. National security adviser Thaung Tun denied the country was in a “debt trap” with Beijing, calling it a “win-win” deal. “We would like to see this […]

China wants to restart disputed Myitsone dam in Myanmar

Stalled hydroelectric project may be used as leverage for concessions on strategically significant deep-sea port at Kyaukphyu on the Bay of Bengal If a recent article in the Global Times, a semi-official Chinese publication, is anything to go by, China has not given up hope of restarting its hydroelectric power project at Myitsone in northern […]

Engage to overcome Myanmar bias against Chinese investments

There is an “implicit bias against Chinese investments” in Myanmar, a report from the International Growth Centre argued, attributing the prejudice to the legacy of earlier Chinese projects in the country, including Myitsone Dam and Letpadaung Copper Mine. The way for Chinese firms to repair the tainted brand is to directly engage the affected communities […]