Myanmar: Ground Zero for China-India Energy Competition | Geopolitical Monitor

Since the early 1990s, China’s remarkable economic growth has led to a dramatic increase in its domestic energy needs, prompting its state-owned national oil companies (NOCs) to embark upon a worldwide search for oil and gas reserves. This strategy has been successful in diversifying import sources and satisfying the demands of a growing economy, yet […]

Jereh Group wins China-Myanmar gas storage contract

Jereh Group has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract for a gas storage project in Guizhou province, China, it said September 21. The scope includes a natural gas liquefaction plant with the production capacity of 10.59mn ft³/d and a supporting storage tank of 5,000 m³. The project will back up supplies through the […]

Poverty, ethnic tensions and China top agenda for Myanmar’s new politicians

Expectations were running sky high as Myanmar’s first democratically elected parliament in more than 50 years, dominated by the former opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), convened for the first time on Monday tasked with choosing the country’s next president. After decades of stultifying military rule, all the talk was of a new era and […]

High hopes for business zone on China-Myanmar border

An ambitious new economic zone at Myanmar’s largest trading point with China will bring new business opportunities for the two countries, officials and residents said at the project’s soft opening in Shan State’s Muse last week. Around 80 percent of Myanmar’s formal overland trade with China passes through a border point a few miles from […]

Yunnan’s governor looks to smooth relations with Myanmar

One of the top government officials in Yunnan is spending time this week in Naypyidaw, capital of neighboring Myanmar. Provincial governor Chen Hao, began a three-day diplomatic trip May 6 by meeting with Burmese president Thein Sein to discuss a litany concerns on both sides, as well as ways to promote the increase of legitimate […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jade provides vital connection with Myanmar

Xue Hui has been involved in the jade trading business in Southwest China’s Yunnan province for 21 years. After quitting his job at a State-owned company in 1993 due to the low income it provided, he thought life would be better for the family trading in jade with Myanmar. Sharing a border of nearly 2,000 […]

China, Myanmar: stop that train

Since reports about the cancellation of a proposed US$20 billion railway line connecting China’s southern Yunnan province with Myanmar’s Rakhine western coast emerged in late July, conflicting accounts about the 1,200 kilometer project’s status have raised new questions about the neighboring countries’ commercial relations. The controversy erupted with a local news report quoting Myint Wai, […]

Highways to be upgraded for Rakhine SEZ

The No 2 Union Highway and Kyaukphyu-Magway route will be upgraded for the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone in Rakhine State, the Ministry of Construction said yesterday. The SEZ is expected to cost US$280 million to develop and the bidding for contracts is open to foreign investors. The two highways are priority connections to the SEZ. […]