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Spurned by the West, Embraced by Myanmar

As the U.S. government hit it with severe sanctions in its escalating trade spat with China, Myanmar government officials showed their eager embrace of Chinese tech giant Huawei, pledging to allow the controversial company to help build the Myanmar’s communication network. The pledge was made on Friday at the Myanmar Indoor Coverage Digitalization Summit 2019, […]

Can mobile banking overcome Myanmar’s trust issues?

It is 5pm on a Wednesday and Yangon’s streets are at a near standstill. Sunset comes early to this city of 7.36 million. Thankfully, since it is winter, the weather is cooler and drier than the rest of the year. So as dusk descends over some of the unruliest traffic in Asia – there are […]

Will Myanmar become a conduit for Iranian crude into China?

On June 1, sometime between the US withdrawal from the JCPOA in early May, and its demand in late June that Asian buyers fully halt Iranian oil purchases, PetroChina snuck in a shipment of Iranian crude through Myanmar to its Yunnan Petrochemical refinery in southern China. On any other route, this would have been just […]

The Unprecedented Explosion of Smartphones in Myanmar

Outside the offices of an internet startup called nexlabs, a snarl of honking cars and rickshaws grinds to a standstill on a trash-strewn street lined with crumbling buildings. Inside, though, the scene could be straight out of Silicon Valley. Programmers in t-shirts and jeans tap away at laptops beneath posters exhorting them to “Innovate” and […]

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 […]