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What Did the Russian Defense Minister’s Myanmar Visit Accomplish?

Over the weekend, Russia’s defense minister visited Myanmar as part of a broader Southeast Asia tour. The trip and the resulting agreements once again placed the focus on the ongoing Russia-Myanmar military cooperation which has experienced an uptick of activity in recent years. As I have noted before, Russia-Myanmar defense relations have long existed, with […]

Myanmar seeks Malaysian FDI in energy, plantations

MYANMAR is seeking more foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows from Malaysia to help develop its key economic sectors. Malaysian conglomerates have been called to capitalise on the country’s increasing demand for electricity and vast areas of untapped land by bidding for energy projects and expanding oil palm cultivation capacities in Myanmar. Former Deputy Finance Minister […]

What Does Myanmar’s ‘Biggest Ever’ Drug Bust Actually Mean?

On Thursday, the government of Myanmar announced what it claimed as the biggest recorded drug seizure in the country’s history. While the development does deserve mention as part of a wider ongoing crackdown by Naypyidaw, the focus on such record-breaking individual seizures also obscures the massive scale of the problem the country faces as well […]

Bangladesh losing its geo-economic importance to Myanmar

The Rohingya refugee crisis has exposed Bangladesh’s diplomatic weaknesses. No permanent member of the United Nations Security Council has strongly backed Dhaka to solve the refugee problem. China rendered its support to Myanmar at the UN so that the country does not face any immediate threat such as sanction. The United States’ intention to solve […]

New diplomatic missions signal Chinese support for Myanmar amid Rakhine crisis

Symbolic move to set up presence in capital shunned by most other foreign diplomats highlights Beijing’s desire to strengthen ties Myanmar’s purpose-built capital Naypyidaw is known for its vast scale and emptiness, but China is using it to showcase its presence and boost ties with the Southeast Asian nation as it faces a wave of […]

The Bumpy Relationship Between India and Myanmar

The relationship between Naypyidaw and Delhi is not smooth sailing, despite the recent visit of Myanmar military officers to India. Naypyidaw’s announcement about not setting up a trading zone at the Indian border, due to a lack of basic infrastructure and low trading volume, ends the series of negotiations between India and Myanmar for border […]

US has opportunity to solve Myanmar’s energy dilemma

Unable to meet soaring domestic demand for energy, Myanmar’s government is said to have entered preliminary discussions over a deal to buy electricity from China. At the beginning of this month, sources close to the talks told Reuters that three state-owned Chinese companies had submitted proposals outlining how they could help Myanmar fill its widening […]

Local Company Submits Proposal for Yangon- Mandalay Oil Pipeline

Myanmar Energy Sector Devel­opment Public Company Limited (MES­DPCL) has submitted a $300 million pipeline proposal to the Ministries of Planning & Finance and Electric Power & En­ergy, said Dr. Win Myint a member of the board of directors. The plan outlines the construction of two pipe­lines, each 14 inches in diameter, running 650 kilometers from […]

Police Step Up Crack Down on ATM Card Fraud

Local banks are teaming up with the Myanmar Police Force to crack down on il­legal cash withdrawals by counterfeit ATM cards, according to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Naypyidaw. In a steamed effort to stop criminals from de­frauding Myanmar ATMs, police are installing CCTV cameras around cash machines, increasing levels of security, and even […]

China Showers Myanmar With Attention, as Trump Looks Elsewhere

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — When Myanmar’s leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, wanted to hold a peace conference to end her country’s long-burning insurgencies, a senior Chinese diplomat went to work. The official assembled scores of rebel leaders, many with longstanding connections to China, briefed them on the peace gathering and flew them on a chartered […]