Mongla Official Denies Chinese Firm Permitted to Set Up Autonomous Digital Economic Zone

The general secretary of the rebel-controlled Mongla Special Administrative Region on the Chinese border has denied any knowledge of a Chinese company’s plan to establish an independent political entity within its borders based on an “e-citizenship” system open to all with a digital economy supported by a cryptocurrency. In a program titled “Inside the Crypto […]

Myanmar moves forward with 66-MW Maingwa hydroelectric project

Myanmar is moving forward with plans to build the 66-MW Maingwa hydroelectric project on Nantlway Creek in area controlled by National Democratic Alliance Army. Myanmar’s Ministry of Electric Power (MOEP) and special-purpose company, Shan State East Development Company Ltd., signed a contract on March 22 under a build-operate-transfer (BOT) system to implement the Maingwa project in […]

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, […]