New diplomatic missions signal Chinese support for Myanmar amid Rakhine crisis

Symbolic move to set up presence in capital shunned by most other foreign diplomats highlights Beijing’s desire to strengthen ties Myanmar’s purpose-built capital Naypyidaw is known for its vast scale and emptiness, but China is using it to showcase its presence and boost ties with the Southeast Asian nation as it faces a wave of […]

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi meets China counterpart Wang Yi in foreign minister debut

YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar’s foreign minister Aung San Suu Kyi met her Chinese counterpart on Tuesday (April 5) in the first diplomatic foray of her new pro-democracy government, underscoring the importance of relations with Beijing. The nation sees its giant neighbour – and largest trading partner – as its biggest foreign policy preoccupation, with border […]

Drop in Chinese Investment Could Hurt Myanmar Economy, Reform: US Report

Chinese investment in Burma has sharply declined since President Thein Sein’s reformist government took over from the military junta in 2011, says a US-based think tank. It warns that this fall in investment could hurt Burma’s economic development and the success of its nascent democratic reforms. Burmese public opposition against China’s Myitsone Dam and the […]