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Badly behaved Chinese tourists draw local ire in Myanmar

Mahagandhayon monastery in Mandalay Region is one of Myanmar’s most prominent monastic colleges. Well known for its adherence to the Buddhist monastic codes, every year it attracts thousands of tourists eager to glimpse the peaceful monastic life of the more than 1,500 monks who reside and study Buddhist teachings there. For visiting tourists, the monastery’s […]

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 […]

Myanmar and China may have no choice but to scale back and move their troubled dam project

In late April, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi visited Beijing to take part in the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. There China and Myanmar signed three bilateral cooperation agreements, discussed the extensive promotion of their relations and conducted constructive consultations on Myanmar’s peace process and stability in the border areas. […]

Can mobile banking overcome Myanmar’s trust issues?

It is 5pm on a Wednesday and Yangon’s streets are at a near standstill. Sunset comes early to this city of 7.36 million. Thankfully, since it is winter, the weather is cooler and drier than the rest of the year. So as dusk descends over some of the unruliest traffic in Asia – there are […]

Hotel expansion continues in Yangon

More hotels are on the way in Myanmar’s commercial capital, Yangon, despite a sluggish tourism performance over the last two years due to the on-going Rohingya crisis. Developers at the luxury end of the market appear undeterred by the drop in European tourists believing business and luxury travel segments will continue to grow. But tour […]

State Counselor Encourages Japanese Investment in Myanmar

Myanmar’s State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has invited Japanese investors to seek investment opportunities in Myanmar as she believes that Japan has a deep understanding of the country’s struggle in the Rakhine crisis and peace process. On Monday, in her keynote speech at the Myanmar Investment Conference in Tokyo, Daw Aung San Suu […]

First Tourists Arrive on New Free-Visa System, 21 Western Countries to be Added

As an initial phase of implementing its new tourism strategy, the tourism ministry launched a free-visa system for tourists from Japan, South Korean and China’s Hong Kong and Macau on Monday. The move is likely to be followed in the coming years by the lifting of visa requirements for citizens of another 21 countries—especially western […]

Myanmar official says ‘totally underestimated’ economic impact of Rohingya crisis

A Myanmar foreign investment official said on Wednesday he “totally underestimated” the economic damage of the Rohingya crisis, adding that the outcry over the jailing of two Reuters reporters would also have some impact on his country’s reputation. Asked at an investor forum in Singapore what impact the crisis had on Myanmar’s economy and investment, […]

Myanmar dam overflow floods 100 villages

Monsoon rains caused a central Myanmar dam to overflow early Wednesday, inundating about 100 villages and blocking the country’s biggest highway, a government official said. No casualties have been reported but thousands were displaced and took shelter in temporary camps. Swar Chaung dam’s spillway structure, which regulates the release of water from the levee, broke […]

What the US Can Learn from China and India’s Engagement With Myanmar

Washington and Brussels recently levied new economic sanctions against certain Myanmar military officers in connection with the atrocities of the Rohingya crisis unfolding in the country’s western Rakhine state, where thousands of the Muslim minority group have died and hundreds of thousands more have fled across the border to Bangladesh. The United Nations High Commissioner […]