Phu Trong Visit to Boost VN’s Economic Ties with Myanmar

ECONOMIC activities between Myanmar and Vietnam are likely to be more active thanks to the upcoming visit by Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), says Chu Cong Phung, former Vietnamese ambassador to Myanmar. Phu Trong will visit Myanmar from tomorrow to August 26 upon the invitation of President Htin Kyaw […]

Kyaukphyu: Asia’s Next Commercial Hub to Rival Singapore and Hong Kong

In a 13-minute project promotion video China International Trust and Investment Company (CITIC) celebrates the wonder of Asia’s rapid development with portraits of the pre-industrial ports of Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan’s Daxi fade into their modern incarnations of high-rise glass and steel marvels. The final image, however, is particularly jarring: a container ship approaches […]

ASEAN Summit: Assertive China flexes its muscles as Trump gives conflicting signals

Bangkok (ANN News Desk) – Obama’s pivot to Asia is dead. Despite the Trump administration’s confrontation with North Korea dominating headlines for the past several weeks, in the back channels of a major regional summit, diplomats all whispered the same thing, the pivot was over. If anything, Trump’s obsession with North Korea and the administration […]

New Myanmar oil pipeline bolsters China’s energy security

The opening of an oil pipeline through Myanmar is a big step forward for China’s energy security, reducing the major importer’s reliance on shipments through waters where the U.S. exerts strong influence. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Htin Kyaw, his counterpart from Myanmar, agreed Monday to activate an oil pipeline stretching roughly 770km from Kyaukpyu, […]

Oil Pipeline Through Myanmar Highlights China’s Growing Import Dependence

Oil began flowing into a crucial pipeline in Myanmar this week, after years of delay. The pipeline, along with a twin natural gas line running along the same route, is an essential element of China’s strategy to diversify its sources of oil supply. When the pipeline reaches maximum capacity, it could account for as much […]

China offers $11.5 billions in loans, credit to Southeast Asia

China will offer $11.5 billion (£8.1 billion) in loans and credit lines to five Southeast Asian countries for infrastructure and other projects, Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday. In 2014, Li offered $20 billion in loans to Southeast Asia, while visiting Myanmar to attend an East Asian summit, an attractive proposition for a region struggling […]

America’s estrangement from Thailand

The American public increasingly thinks of Thailand as unstable, a perception fueled by official criticism of Thailand’s politics. Although this criticism is partially driven by developments in Thailand, it is also a result of uncoordinated and reactionary foreign policy. A recently released movie, No Escape, features an American family desperately trying to flee from an […]

Noble Twin Dragons Guides Myanmar Out of the Fog

Jakarta. Myanmar today is like a young lady dressed up and ready to compete after many years of being controlled by her previous reign. Now development is fast-paced and if you blink you may miss the latest changes. It takes strong nerves to handle the challenges, but Noble Twin Dragons, a new rising Myanmar company […]

Locals fearful as Myanmar’s Dawei project nears green light

New port zone could revitalise trade in Asean, but at a high cost Ma Nu May and her husband started a small cashew farm near the coastal town of Dawei in southern Myanmar seven years ago, but life in the past two years has been far from peaceful. Most of her cashew trees are still […]

Maritime spat to aid rice exporters

Growing tensions in the South China Sea in recent months is leading China to shun Vietnam for its rice imports, opening the door for Myanmar exporters, according to traders. Much of Myanmar’s official exports currently go to African countries, but with Thai exporters dropping prices in those markets since the May 22 coup, Myanmar exporters […]