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How Did Myanmar’s Reforms Change Its Relations With China?

I first visited Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) in February 2013, two months after then-U.S. President Barack Obama’s landmark visit to that country. One thing that has been inscribed in my fond memories of the visit is that many street vendors in Yangon (formerly Rangoon) were hawking T-shirts with Obama’s headshot and a caption above […]

Yangon enters the taxi app game

Watch out cab drivers – the days of physically hailing a taxi may be dwindling thanks to the arrival of OwayRide, Yangon’s first mobile phone taxi app. First available online three months ago, the app has since garnered over 20,000 downloads for both Android and iOS platforms. Users can either book for a cab through […]

Yangon gridlock

Than Htwe lives in Hlaing Tharyar, a sprawling township 20 kilometers west of central Rangoon, but his job is downtown. Every morning he wakes up in the early hours, quickly downs a cup of tea and rushes to the bus stop at 6:30 so he can get to his workplace by 9 o’clock. He meets […]