Chinese companies investing in Myanmar have ‘a lot of work to do’ to convince public

Transparency must be improved and deep concerns addressed, says former presidential adviser Aung Tun Thet. A raft of infrastructure deals have just been signed, including for a strategically important deep-sea port project. Chinese companies need to improve transparency when they invest in Myanmar, a former presidential adviser in the Southeast Asian nation said, after the […]

The Myanmar-China pact is a setback for India

The state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Myanmar on January 17-18, the first of its kind in 19 years, was a transformative event in regional politics from the perspective of China-Myanmar bilateral relations as well as regional security, something that should be of major concern for India. A “comprehensive strategic partnership” is moving […]

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Myanmar Trip Aimed at Pushing Beijing’s ‘Two-Ocean’ Strategy

Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to visit Myanmar this week at the invitation of President U Win Myint. He will stay in the country for two days and meet with Myanmar’s leaders. Since he came to power in March 2013, Xi has visited more than 60 countries across the globe, and he will kick […]

Xi’s Upcoming Visit to Myanmar Could Reshape the Indian Ocean Region

A decade after Xi Jinping’s first visit to Myanmar in 2009, Naypyidaw is planning a banquet for another Xi visit, expected to be on January 17, 2020. As part of the preparation, shuttle diplomacy is already underway, with China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi meeting with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi […]

Chinese leader Xi Jinping set for Myanmar visit

The Myanmar government is preparing to host a visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the country to discuss China-Myanmar relations and the progress of Chinese development projects, according to government and media sources. It will be over a decade since Xi Jinping’s first visit to Myanmar in 2009 and a great deal has changed […]

China’s top planning agency doubles down on Belt and Road collaboration

Ning Jizhe, vice chair of China’s top planning agency National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), visited Myanmar from November 24 to 27. The visit is built on the consensus reached by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and China’s leader Xi Jinping at the end of 2017, with regards to the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor […]

Indefinite Xi Jinping rule in China: India needs to move on many fronts now

NEW DELHI: China’s move to scrap presidential term limits is expected to give a major boost to Xi Jinping’s expansive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, much to India’s discomfort. The Chinese Communist Party’s decision to scrap the two-term limit for China’s President was indicated in October last year when Xi was […]

China And Japan’s ‘New Great Game’ Intensifies In Myanmar

Throughout Asia the frontiers of investment are being pushed ever onward, gobbling up former backwaters in the hunt for cheap labor, natural resources, infrastructure deals, and the massive profits that can be made in the margins of a country transitioning from “emerging market” to “plain old market.” As the developed, investor countries of the world […]

China Showers Myanmar With Attention, as Trump Looks Elsewhere

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — When Myanmar’s leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, wanted to hold a peace conference to end her country’s long-burning insurgencies, a senior Chinese diplomat went to work. The official assembled scores of rebel leaders, many with longstanding connections to China, briefed them on the peace gathering and flew them on a chartered […]

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 […]