The coronavirus outbreak has dealt a blow to Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative across Asia, leaving Chinese staff unable to access projects, and cutting supply lines.
Unlike its predecessors, the NLD govt is ensuring deals with China benefit Myanmar, Sean Turnell, adviser to the State Counselor, tells The Irrawaddy in an interview.
Political observers in Myanmar doubt President Xi Jinping’s claim that China is not arming ethnic armed organizations based near the northern border.
China and Myanmar capped President Xi Jinping’s two-day visit by signing 33 agreements, including many to advance Beijing’s BRI projects in the country.
This week, Myanmar celebrated the opening of a Thai fish factory and border trade with Laos, while the World Bank is forecasting a growth boost.
The concept of ‘pauk-phaw’ fraternal relations between Myanmar and China is mere diplomatic jargon, but the two countries’ mutual dependence is very real.
Yangon police have told activists that any protest at the Chinese Embassy during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit would harm bilateral relations.
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Naypyitaw on Friday for a two-day visit during which he will seek a commitment to China’s BRI projects from Myanmar’s leaders.
Myanmar’s people welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping, but he has work to do if China truly wants to write a new chapter in the countries’ bilateral relationship.
In a sign of their close relationship with Beijing, Myanmar ethnic armed groups based near the border with China made a special effort to welcome Xi Jinping.
During his upcoming visit to Myanmar, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s top priority will be advancing Beijing’s strategy to project its power into the Indian Ocean.
The Irrawaddy presents an infographic examining high-level visits to Myanmar by Chinese leaders from 1954 to 2014, and their significance for bilateral relations.
Ahead of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping next spring, Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono has urged Beijing to adhere to international norms of maritime security.
During his Jan. 17-18 visit, Chinese President Xi will sign MOUs, meet political, military and other leaders, and preside over celebrations of 70 years of bilateral ties.
Myanmar and China will ink MOUs preparing for construction of the Kyaukphyu SEZ in Rakhine, and boosting border economic ties when President Xi Jinping visits next week.