China’s BRI has run into a hurdle in Myanmar, with Naypyidaw reducing the scope of Beijing’s loans for the Kyaukpyu Port, fearing a debt trap.
There is no shortcut to a sustainable and inclusive PPP program. If the government goes headlong, it could face political backlash.
The port is a key part of BRI to expand global trade links, but many in Myanmar are wary of becoming too dependent on China
Online publication to help understand how the regional intergovernmental organization promotes rule-based water cooperation among MRC member countries.
“China does not tell us what to do in our respective centres.” Interview on China creating the Global Centre Mekong Study (GCMS) to conduct academic research on the Mekong.
In its pollution fight, the Hanoi city council this month approved a ban on motorcycles by 2030, hoping to boost public transport, including a new train system.
While construction is well underway villagers say, “We have received nothing so far… no official from any department has come to talk to us.”
But the real game changer will be the Pan-Asia Railway Network, with separate routs via Vietnam and Cambodia, one through Laos and the third through Myanmar.
“It’s basically under the guise of internationalizing China, but it’s more about resource extraction and attaining materials.”
Climate migrants are further exposing the need for Bangkok planners to come up with better methods to confine urban sprawl, cope with climate change and ensure a better deal for all.
Under the cross-border transport program started between other (GMS) countries. Only Myanmar remains to join. It’s starting with Thailand
The China-Lao high speed railway will cross the Mekong at Luang Prabang, the UNESCO-listed city in northern Laos, as part of the new trans-Asian railway network.