There were infantry battalionsincluding light infantry battalions. Light infantry battalions in the Myanmar Army have much lower establishment strength of around ; this often leads to these units being mistakenly identified by the observers and reporters as under strength infantry battalions.
Comment 0 Local residents' houses in front of buildings of a Chinese oil pipeline project pink roof on Madae island, Kyaukpyu township, Rakhine state, Myanmar. The wider project, part of China's One Belt, One Road initiative, envisions twin oil Mayanmar army gas pipelines, a deep sea port and special economic zone.
Those are all subordinate interests to what China really wants in Myanmar: The plan to build a port at Kyaukpyu was first announced inbefore Myanmar became sensitive about being indebted to China for badly needed infrastructure and other economic ventures.
While some work has been done at Kyaukpyu, the massive deep-sea port that China envisions is more than a decade later still very much on the drawing board. That may have seemed feasible with previous high hopes of a foreign investment bonanza as the country emerged from decades of military-ruled isolation.
A textbook example is the seven-year-old Hambantota port in Sri Lanka. The same pattern can be seen in Djibouti, where China opened its first overseas military in August last year.
Strategically located on the Horn of Africa and at the entrance to the Red Sea and Suez Canal, tiny Djibouti has become a vital link in the chain of ports China is building or upgrading along the coastal region of the Indian Ocean.
But the small, developing country now also has to repay enormous amounts of money it has borrowed from China to pay for a new port, a new railroad linking that port with the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, a new airport, as well as a pipeline for bringing fresh water from Ethiopia.
Even when it comes to a long-term friend and ally like Pakistan, Chinese investment is tied to loans and credits. China often requires Pakistan to buy Chinese equipment for use in China-led projects, which Islamabad pays for with Beijing-extended loans.
But because of the long and difficult route over the Karakoram mountains to Kashgar, it is doubtful whether it can be used to transport oil from the Middle East. Given the treacherous, mountainous terrain and the remoteness of Kashgar, even bilateral trade would be limited.
The importance of the port at Gwadar lies in its location, as it will firmly position China on the shores of the Arabian Sea.
It is through Myanmar, not Pakistan, that China has built oil and gas pipelines, an important strategic hedge that allows it to bypass the potentially vulnerable chokepoint at the Malacca Strait. Jiegao, a roughly two-square kilometer large enclave completely surrounded by Myanmar, is a thriving commercial center and the gateway to the markets of Myanmar and beyond.
But it was placed there with remarkable foresight in when the bridge had just been built and Jiegao consisted of little more than paddy fields with a few scattered bamboo huts. Twenty five years later, there are high-rise buildings, luxury hotels, well-stocked stores and a huge jade market where buyers from all over China come to shop for the precious stone.
AFP Every morning, caravans of trucks laden with Chinese consumer goods drive through the border gate at Jiegao and into Muse on the Myanmar side of the border.
Not only Myanmar, but also northeast India is now being flooded with cheap Chinese merchandise.
Critics in Myanmar say Beijing could dangle this potential penalty as a negotiating stick to have its way at Kyaukpyu. All of it had to be used to buy equipment from China, which in the end turned out to be useless.Photo's shown above may represent a vehicle type rather than an actual vehicle, vehicles are available serviced and painted to customers preference.
The emergence of this well-organized and apparently well-funded group is a game-changer in the government’s efforts to address the complex challenges of Arakan state. Rohingya militants massacred around Hindu villagers during last year’s uprising in Myanmar’s Rakhine, Amnesty International said today in a report that sheds fresh light on the complex.
Nov 26, · YANGON, Myanmar — The most powerful person in Myanmar now, Senior Gen.
Min Aung Hlaing, was little known outside the country’s military circles until the villages started burning.
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