Jade and Redwood Traders Struggle in China

China’s jade and redwood traders are seeking to diversify their business as domestic demand drops and the Myanmar’s new government tightening its grip over natural resources. “The sales of high-end gemstones have been tepid the last two years,” Kyaw Win Khaing, a Chinese-born Myanmar national who has been selling Myanmar jade in Ruili, Yunnan Province, […]

Hiatus in timber smuggling from Myanmar to China

Monitoring of key crossing points along the Myanmar-China border by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) reveals a sharp downturn in the volume of illegal timber being smuggled between the two countries during the past six months. In September 2015, EIA released the report Organised Chaos, which documented surging illicit trade in logs via the land […]

Dry port discussions under way on China border

The Shan State government has approved the project, and has asked First Golden Dragon Company to secure consent from landowners, said Muse district administrator U Kyaw Kyaw Htun. The company hopes to build a 210-acre dry port including a highway bus station, space for trucks to load and unload, cold storage and new warehouses, he […]

High hopes for business zone on China-Myanmar border

An ambitious new economic zone at Myanmar’s largest trading point with China will bring new business opportunities for the two countries, officials and residents said at the project’s soft opening in Shan State’s Muse last week. Around 80 percent of Myanmar’s formal overland trade with China passes through a border point a few miles from […]

Mandalay jade traders say worst year ‘ever’ for sales

Jade traders in Mandalay say this could be the worst year ever for business. The main cause they cite is the absence of Chinese buyers, possibly nervous about the outcome of next month’s election. In interviews on October 25 at the Maha Aung Myay Gem Trading Centre, one trader after another bemoaned their current lot. […]

Fashion stores finding the right supply

Most of the shops are still small-scale affairs, however. While the shopkeepers work on the retail aspect of their stores, often the biggest challenge they face is choosing the right supply. Local fashion shops are usually supplied with foreign-made goods. The owners must weigh the pros and cons of buying at other local markets, making […]

Myanmar buys only small amount of gas

Myanmar is buying only 200 million cubic metres of natural gas for local consumption, although its quota entitled the country to buy two billion cubic metres of natural gas from Southeast Asia Gas Pipeline Co Ltd , the operator of Myanmar-China gas pipeline project. “We are supplying gas from four distribution centres – Kyaukphyu, Mandalay, […]

Myanmar needs more infrastructure

MUSE, Myanmar — Towering apartment blocks are going up on the northern bank of the Shweli River in the border town of Ruili, in China’s Yunnan Province. On the opposite river bank, in Myanmar’s Shan State, the ground is being prepared for something similar in Muse. In the late 1930s, the ancient trade and migration […]

Muse rice traders hoping New Years brings better luck

Muse-based rice traders are hopeful that the Year of the Sheep will improve their fortunes. Rice exports to China have plummeted to almost nothing from peaks of 2000 tonnes a day following a series of raids conducted by Chinese customs on allegedly illegal rice importers on the Chinese side of the border. The Muse commodity […]

Cutting down Myanmar’s forests a hard knock life for Chinese

“Dangerous places hold a lot of opportunity, so everyone wants to get a piece of the action,” said Liu Wei (pseudonym) in an attempt to explain why he goes logging in northern Myanmar, in an interview with the Chinese-language Beijing News. The local militia grant them permission but logging activities are forbidden by the central […]