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China faces backlash as it bids to rekindle stalled US$3.6 billion Myitsone Dam project

Political and religious leaders in Myanmar’s Kachin state have hit back at apparent efforts by Beijing to breathe new life into a controversial China-funded dam project as the Southeast Asian nation comes under fire from the West over its treatment of the Rohingya Muslims. In a joint statement released on Monday, three ethnic Kachin political […]

Relaunching Myitsone Hydropower dam could win investor confidence in Myanmar

Myanmar President U Win Myint on Thursday started a visit to Thailand, where he will attend the 8th Ayeyawady-Chao Phyra Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) Summit. The summit is intended to promote regional economic integration by narrowing the development gaps among the five member countries – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. In 2015 when […]

How China gets what it wants in Myanmar

As Myanmar prepares for yet another round of peace talks with ethnic armed groups, all eyes are on China. With all the Western outfits involved in Myanmar’s peace process effectively sidelined, China has emerged as the only outside force that matters due to its substantial leverage over both insurgents and the government. Unlike Western interlocutors, […]

Power sector: Lofty goals, missed targets

The power sector in Myanmar over the past five years has been characterized by ambitious plans and unrealized targets. While a few power projects have been completed during the outgoing government’s term, others were suspended or cancelled and dozens more remain in limbo. Myanmar remains one of the least-powered countries in Southeast Asia. Just over […]

All is not smooth on the Silk Road

A new deepwater port that is planned in Myanmar could provide a big boost to the China-backed Maritime Silk Road (MSR) initiative. Yet, the problems being encountered in setting up the port at Kyaukphyu also show that overcoming ‘soft’ impediments posed by a downturn in China-Myanmar diplomatic ties, issues of human displacement, and environmental protection […]