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 […]

China-India rivalry warms up in South Asia

For all the bilateral co-operation and warmth within the BRICS and other institutions, the intense China versus India rivalry remains as competitive as ever in South Asia. Being the stronger and more developed country, China generally takes the initiative in the race for regional supremacy and sets the pace. Its latest move, an offer for […]

Proposed port and highway to align Ayeyarwady with Belt and Road

Ayeyarwady may follow Kyaukphyu and Dawei to be the next region in Myanmar to embrace a deep-sea port together with other infrastructure projects, with a feasibility of the scheme currently under progress. U Ye Lin from Myanmar Construction and Development Public Co said that a feasibility study is being carried out jointly with South Korea-based […]

Myanmar’s bargaining power rises along the Belt and Road

AS Hong Kong’s second Belt and Road Summit started today in the city The Myanmar Times asked two experts from The Economist Intelligence Unit and Lau China Institute at King’s College, London for their input regarding the dynamics of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and China in relation to Myanmar and ASEAN. Much of […]

India Exports Diesel to Myanmar; Aims for Stronger Trade to Contain China

India has been bidding to strengthen socio-economic ties with Myanmar as part of its ‘Act East’ policy but its latest overtures are being viewed as tactics largely aimed at containing Chinese influence. NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — India has dispatched the first consignment of diesel to Myanmar ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day official visit […]

Video-On-Demand Service Iflix Teams Up With Local Firm Red Dot

Kuala Lumpur based video-on-demand service, iflix, is now available in Myanmar on month and year long con­tracts, after the company launched in partnership with local payment com­pany Red Dot. After wooing custom­ers with free one month long trials, iflix is now offering the full array of its services starting from K3,000 per month and up […]

Myanmar Joins South Asian Bloc Focussed on Transport, Energy

Myanmar has joined a regional partnership aimed at improving trade links between Southeast Asia and South Asia. The move makes Myanmar the seventh member of the South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) group, which is supported by the Asian Development Bank. The group’s key aims are to promote cross border trade in energy, to improve […]

Myanmar sees boost in private investment in agriculture

Investment in agriculture by private companies is increasing in Myanmar, raising expectations that the modernization of the sector will progress at last. Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corp. (Mapco) has built a large rice mill in a bid to boost exports of rice, while Myanma Awba Group has launched a project to build an agricultural chemical factory. […]

TAT sets sights on Myanmar

Buddhist monks visit Myanmar’s landmark Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. (Post Today photo) The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) sees the potential to promote Thailand as a medical tourism hub and family destination for Myanmar tourists. The agency plans to appoint marketing representatives in the neighbouring country in September to promote these segments. Walailak Noypayak, the […]

India, China, Myanmar should develop Stilwell Road: Chinese media

BEIJING: India, China and Myanmar should establish a joint dialogue mechanism to restore the Stilwell Road connecting the three countries to revitalise trade in the region, Chinese media said today. “The Stilwell Road was called the Ledo Road, but renamed after Stilwell at the suggestion of Kuomintang leader Chiang Kai-shek. Ledo, a small town in […]