Jade and Redwood Traders Struggle in China

China’s jade and redwood traders are seeking to diversify their business as domestic demand drops and the Myanmar’s new government tightening its grip over natural resources. “The sales of high-end gemstones have been tepid the last two years,” Kyaw Win Khaing, a Chinese-born Myanmar national who has been selling Myanmar jade in Ruili, Yunnan Province, […]

Hiatus in timber smuggling from Myanmar to China

Monitoring of key crossing points along the Myanmar-China border by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) reveals a sharp downturn in the volume of illegal timber being smuggled between the two countries during the past six months. In September 2015, EIA released the report Organised Chaos, which documented surging illicit trade in logs via the land […]

Coal power central to gov’t energy plans

Myanmar’s energy sector will require investment of between US$30 billion and $40 billion over the next 15 to 20 years, and should focus on coal power, according to the government’s Energy Master Plan, published last month. Domestic energy consumption is forecast to almost double to 21.9 million tonnes of oil equivalent (mtoe) in 2030 from […]

China’s Myanmar Conundrum

Myanmar’s political transition has spawned debates and deliberations in policymaking circles and strategic communities across the world. The economic and strategic spinoff of the political changes has generated immense attention and interest. Not least in China. As recently as 2011, prior to its “opening up,” Myanmar was not only considered cut off from international engagement, […]

Myanmar buys only small amount of gas

Myanmar is buying only 200 million cubic metres of natural gas for local consumption, although its quota entitled the country to buy two billion cubic metres of natural gas from Southeast Asia Gas Pipeline Co Ltd , the operator of Myanmar-China gas pipeline project. “We are supplying gas from four distribution centres – Kyaukphyu, Mandalay, […]

The Impact of Energy on China/Myanmar Relations

China and Myanmar have had a mixed post-war relationship, ranging from warm to hostile, with Burma being the first non-communist country to recognize the PRC in 1949, then expelling much of its Chinese population following anti-Chinese riots in the 1960s. Since the repression of pro-democracy riots in 1988, Myanmar has generally sought a closer relationship […]

Myanmar needs more infrastructure

MUSE, Myanmar — Towering apartment blocks are going up on the northern bank of the Shweli River in the border town of Ruili, in China’s Yunnan Province. On the opposite river bank, in Myanmar’s Shan State, the ground is being prepared for something similar in Muse. In the late 1930s, the ancient trade and migration […]

Criticism dogs Myanmar Rice Federation’s China choices

The Myanmar Rice Federation’s choice of companies that will be registered for legal exports to China is receiving criticism from small-scale players as well as large businesses. Some of the country’s largest exporters were left off last month’s list of nine companies that would be permitted to handle the rice trade, while several of the […]

China won’t interfere in Myanmar’s domestic affairs

China debates bridging Silk Road blueprint with India’s “Look East” policy in Myanmar China has assured Myanmar that it will not interfere in its domestic affairs, despite a cross-border surge in the Yunnan province of refugees, who are escaping fighting following a military offensive in northern Myanmar. Heavy fighting between the Myanmar army and Kokang […]

Cutting down Myanmar’s forests a hard knock life for Chinese

“Dangerous places hold a lot of opportunity, so everyone wants to get a piece of the action,” said Liu Wei (pseudonym) in an attempt to explain why he goes logging in northern Myanmar, in an interview with the Chinese-language Beijing News. The local militia grant them permission but logging activities are forbidden by the central […]