Uncertainty Surrounds Burma Gas Auction, Pipelines and Transparency

Published on Apr 05 2013 // article, Featured Analysis, News Update
Uncertainty Surrounds Burma Gas Auction, Pipelines and Transparency
Construction of the Shwe gas pipeline near Hsipaw, Shan State. (Photo: Francis Wade) Much-delayed plans to kick-start an international scramble for oil and gas on Burma’s Bay of Bengal coast are due to be unveiled this month, but the Ministry of Energy has yet to provide any details of the license...

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...

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: a hidden danger in the reform process

Published on Jan 19 2013 // Featured Analysis, News Update, Related News, Slide Show
China: a hidden danger in the reform process
Hostesses wait in Tiananmen Square as delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People for the start of the closing ceremony of the Communist Party Congress in Beijing Wednesday, November 14, 2012. (AFP) United States President Barack Obama visits Myanmar today. This milestone is one of many over the...

Why Burma is of Growing Importance to China

Published on Dec 22 2012 // Featured Analysis, News Update, Related News, Slide Show
Why Burma is of Growing Importance to China
Construction work for the Chinese-backed Shwe Gas pipeline taking place in Naung Cho Township, northern Shan State. (Photo: The Irrawaddy) Burma’s strategic importance to China will grow as Beijing’s dependency on the Middle East increases and the United States’ declines. That’s the message in...

After Obama’s Visit to Rangoon,What’s Next for Burma-China-U.S Relations ?

Published on Dec 22 2012 // Featured Analysis, News Update, Related News, Slide Show
After Obama’s Visit to Rangoon,What’s Next for Burma-China-U.S Relations ?
Students share a laugh as they hold U.S. flags to welcome U.S. President Barack Obama at Yangon International Airport in Rangoon, Burma, on Nov. 19, 2012 Email Print Share Comment Follow @TIMEWorld When U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Burma on Nov. 19, locals lined the streets, waving American...

Woodside buys a half stake in Myanmar oil and gas exploration block

Published on Dec 22 2012 // Featured Analysis, News Update, Related News, Slide Show
Woodside buys a half stake in Myanmar oil and gas exploration block
Australia’s Woodside Petroleum announced on Monday, December 10 that it had bought a 50 per cent stake in a second oil and gas exploration block in Myanmar. Woodside Petroleum, headquartered in Perth, bought the stake in Myanmar Petroleum Resource Limited Exploration and Production’s (MPRL E&P)...

Obama Hails Myanmar Democracy Shift in First Presidential Visit

Published on Nov 19 2012 // Featured Analysis, News Update, Related News, Slide Show
Obama Hails Myanmar Democracy Shift in First Presidential Visit
Barack Obama hailed Myanmar’s shift to democracy and urged more steps to increase freedom in the first visit to the former military regime by a U.S. president. In a daytime stop expected to last only six hours, Obama is set to meet with Myanmar President Thein Sein in the former capital of Yangon....

Myanmar to lease 5,600 acres of land for gas pipelines with China

Myanmar to lease 5,600 acres of land for gas pipelines with China
Myanmar will lease more than 5,600 acres of land for connecting crude oil and gas pipelines between Myanmar and China, and local people affected by the project will be compensated, the energy minister said in parliament on November 9. Myanmar to lease 5,600 acres of land for gas pipelines with China The...

Spotlight: Myanmar’s controversial oil and gas industr

Published on Nov 16 2012 // Featured Analysis, News Update, Related News, Slide Show
Spotlight: Myanmar’s controversial oil and gas industr
sanctions on oil and gas companies working in Myanmar have been removed and a bidding war has begun for its vast reserves, despite accusations of corruption and humans rights abuses circling the country’s national oil company. Heidi Vella shines the spotlight on Myanmar’s controversial offshore...