China pushed to the brink

Published on Mar 05 2013 // News Update, Related News, Slide Show
China pushed to the brink
Last week’s media reports that the Chinese army was involved in intense training in the hills of Yunnan Province near the Myanmar border raised few eyebrows. Marines of the People’s Liberation Army (Navy) pictured at Zhanjiang in 2006. (U.S. Marine Corps photo) State news service Xinhua...

Trans-Myanmar pipeline gives China strategic boost against US: report

Published on Mar 05 2013 // Featured Analysis, News Update, Related News, Slide Show
Trans-Myanmar pipeline gives China strategic boost against US: report
Construction on the Sino-Myanmar pipeline. (Photo/Xinhua) A soon-to-be completed gas pipeline connecting the Indian Ocean coast of Myanmar with southwest China may help China avoid military obstacles set up by the United States, reports the Voice of Russia, an international broadcaster based in Moscow. The...

Pipeline to China follows “international standards”, CNPC says

Published on Mar 05 2013 // News Update
A spokesperson for China National Petroleum Corporation has rebutted complaints that its controversial pipeline project to transport offshore oil and gas from Rakhine State to China has failed to compensate people who lost land to it. The spokesperson also said the pipeline was being constructed according...

After Long Isolation, Myanmar Now Has Suitors

Published on Mar 05 2013 // Featured Analysis, News Update, Related News, Slide Show
After Long Isolation, Myanmar Now Has Suitors
For decades, Myanmar was isolated diplomatically, an economic backwater that seemed almost frozen in time amid a Southeast Asian region that was modernizing at a rapid pace. But the political reforms under way in Myanmar, also known as Burma, are redefining its place in the world. President Obama’s...

China presses Burma for Kachin peace deal

Published on Mar 05 2013 // News Update
Peace talks were held on February 4 between representatives of the government of Burma (Myanmar) and of the Kachin state separatist movement in the Chinese city of Ruili, located near the Chinese-Burmese border. The two sides have agreed to resume negotiations by the end of the month. A statement foreshadowed...

Myanmar Calls for Kachin Peace Talks as Cease-Fire Tested

Published on Mar 05 2013 // News Update
Myanmar called for peace talks with ethnic Kachin rebels amid growing concern over attacks on civilians and the potential that the conflict might spill over into neighboring China. A government peace negotiating committee invited the Kachin Independence Organization, the armed group’s political wing,...

Myanmar’s pipeline to China sparking more alarm

Published on Mar 05 2013 // News Update, Related News, Slide Show
Myanmar’s pipeline to China sparking more alarm
MYANMAR – Local communities and experts are becoming increasingly concerned about what they describe as a lack of preparation for accidents along the controversial pipeline that will transport gas from Rakhine State to China. The controversial Shwe Gas Line Project comprises two 800-kilometre pipelines,...

Myanmar-China pipeline construction under scrutiny

Published on Mar 03 2013 // News Update, Slide Show
Myanmar-China pipeline construction under scrutiny
The major shareholders in the Myanmar-China oil and natural gas pipelines have promised to investigate complaints from non-government organisations over land acquisitions, environmental degradation and other issues related to the construction of the pipelines. (Ko Taik/The Myanmar Times) The major shareholders...