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 […]

Rice federation proposes exports via Pathein, Sittway ports

Officials from Myanmar Rice Federation have submitted a plan to export rice via seaports in Pathein, Ayeyawady Region, and Sittway, Rakine State, in addition to Yangon ports, especially to Bangladesh. The proposal was made during a regular meeting between Vice President Myint Swe and Myanmar businesspeople at the office of the Republic of the Union […]

Amid China stand-off, BPCL plans Myanmar pipeline

State-owned Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) is in talks with neighbouring countries including Bangladesh and Myanmar and others to set up product pipelines, the senior executives of the company said on Tuesday. The focus on neighbouring countries, especially Myanmar, seems important considering the recent tension between India and China over Doklam. Also, plans of similar […]

‘Tremendous opportunity for growth’ identified in the BIMSTEC region

Participants at a Yangon roundtable discussion today point to largely untapped opportunities for trade, communication and cultural exchange in a region of 2.5 billion souls. Parami Roundtable and Mizzima Media Group organised a roundtable on Myanmar and BIMSTEC to commemorate the celebration of 20 years of BIMSTEC. BIMSTEC, known as Bay of Bengal Initiative for […]

Myanmar aims to become Asian maritime hub

Development of shipping industry, ports to be in focus to integrate with global economy As Asean countries prioritise on improving connectivity within and beyond the region, Myanmar has planned to take advantage of its strategic location between the two mostpopulated nations – China and India – to become a hub of maritime trade in Asia, […]

Sri Lanka to Consider Myanmar as One of the Possible Suppliers of 100,000 MT Rice

July 06, Colombo: Following a first round of assessment, Sri Lanka has decided to take a closer look at four international rice suppliers to meet its urgent market needs, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said today. On the directions of President Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka plans to purchase 100,000 metric tons of rice […]

The Clock is Ticking for Myanmar Government to Show Real Progress

Myanmar is not the only country in ASEAN which attracts foreign direct investments (FDIs), Simon Tay, chair of Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), said during the sideline interview of the 2nd ASEAN-Myanmar Forum held in the commercial capital yesterday. He added that the critical thing is to see some real progress in the next […]

Left behind in race by China, India tries to speed up Myanmar projects

NEW DELHI: Having missed several deadlines, and with China taking big strides, India is trying hard to speed up its infrastructure commitments in Myanmar. India’s tardiness in project implementation has marred its reputation, even though India has extended over $1.75 billion in grants and credit to Myanmar. Indian envoy to Myanmar Vikram Misri said India […]

Indian Railways to export 18 diesel locomotives to Myanmar

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list The Indian Railways will export 18 modern diesel locomotives to Myanmar soon. The engines worth about Rs 200 crore are manufactured at the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) in Varanasi. The first lot of six locomotives are ready to be shipped next month, while the rest will be delivered […]

China Faces Resistance to a Cherished Theme of Its Foreign Policy

ON APRIL 10th a freight train pulled out of Barking station in London carrying Scotch whisky, baby milk and engineering equipment. It arrived in Yiwu in eastern China (see map) nearly three weeks later, completing the second-longest round-trip train journey ever made (after Yiwu to Madrid and back, a record set in 2014). It lopped […]