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Title: Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in Myanmar: Remarkable Trends and Multilayered Motivations
Date of publication: 2012
Description/subject: Abstract: "Following the national responsibility theory in the school of international society which argues that national interest drives a state’s foreign policy, this thesis first attempts to deconstruct China’s foreign direct investment (FDI) in Myanmar since 2004 by picking apart and manipulating financial data in order to determine the resulting trends and developments. It then analyzes how Myanmar’s abundant natural resources could help alleviate China’s rising energy demands and how Chinese FDI can enhance China’s political security, reduce energy costs, diversify its imports, and mitigate mineral shortages. The United States’ marked presence in the region due to a transformation in foreign policy in the Obama administration, as well as the 2011 dissolution of military law in Myanmar, means that the motivation for Chinese FDI no longer solely revolves around the acquisition of natural resources and the previous lack of international competitors in the country. Nevertheless, I argue that China’s national economic interest will continue to serve as the primary incentive to invest billions of dollars into Myanmar, though political interest is beginning to factor more into China’s motivations."...Keywords: China, Myanmar, foreign direct investment, natural resources, national interest
Author/creator: Travis Mitchell
Language: English
Source/publisher: Lund University, Graduate School, Department of Political Science
Format/size: pdf (1.17MB)
Date of entry/update: 07 October 2012

Title: Vor der Flut
Date of publication: 2008
Description/subject: Sie werden nicht gefragt, nicht entschädigt und bald einfach fortgejagt: Ein Staudammprojekt am Ayeyarwady in Myanmar bedroht die Natur und die Existenz tausender Flussanwohner. Der Widerstand gegen die Pläne der Militärjunta ist lebensgefährlich. Chinesische Investitionen, Kachin; Chinese Investment.
Author/creator: Veronika Buter
Language: German, Deutsch
Source/publisher: Kontinente
Format/size: html (16K)
Date of entry/update: 14 December 2010

Title: Chinese Hydropower Industry Investment in the Mekong Region-Impacts and Opportunities for Cooperation: Perspectives from Civil Society
Date of publication: October 2007
Description/subject: The past decade has witnessed a tremendous surge in investment in hydropower projects in Southeast Asian countries on the part of Chinese corporations at the same time as the PRC continues to overdevelop its own hydropower potential and environmental protection takes greater priorities within the country. In this paper delivered at at a China - ASEAN power forum attended by hundreds of executives of leading PRC power companies, Zao Noam and Piaporn Deetes of Thailand argue that the social and environmental impacts from hydropower development in the Mekong countries must be seriously addressed in order to mitigate damaging impacts to regional economies, food security and rural livelihoods. Without comprehensive and careful consideration of hydropower's multi-faceted impacts, millions of small farmers and fisher folk whose livelihoods depend on the richness of the Mekong ecosystems will bear most of the costs of the infrastructure development. Civil society in the Mekong region urges the Chinese corporate sector to conduct hydropower development in the region according to international standards which minimizes socio-economic and ecological harm.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Living River Siam
Format/size: pdf (1 MB)
Date of entry/update: 11 February 2008

Title: China in Burma:- The increasing investment of Chinese multinational corporations in Burma’s hydropower, oil &gas, and mining sectors
Date of publication: September 2007
Description/subject: "Introductory research conducted by the Burma Project over the past three months has found more than 26 Chinese multinational corporations (MNCs) involved in more than 62 hydropower, oil & gas, and mining projects in Burma. The projects vary from small dams completed in the past decade to planned dual oil and gas pipelines across Burma to Yunnan province announced this year. Detailed information about many of these investments is not made available to affected communities or the general public, and we hope that the information here will stimulate additional discussion, research, and investigation into the conduct of Chinese MNCs in Burma..."
Language: English, Chinese, Burmese
Source/publisher: EarthRights International
Format/size: pdf (English,3.21 MB; Chinese,1.8 MB; Burmese,1.84 MB)
Alternate URLs: http://www.earthrights.org/publication/china-burma-increasing-investment-chinese-multinational-corp...
Date of entry/update: 02 September 2010

Title: Sino-Myanmar Economic Relations Since 1988
Date of publication: April 2007
Description/subject: Introduction: "One of the key features of the Sino-Myanmar relationship since 1988 has been the growing bilateral cooperation in the areas of trade, aid or development assistance, and investment. Since 1988, China has become one of the most important sources of trade and development assistance for Myanmar. Though overall investment volumes are small, a hallmark of Chinese investment in Myanmar is its heavy concentration in a few strategic sectors. The pattern of the Sino-Myanmar economic relationship has reflected what the "Modern World System" theorists call "centre-periphery" relations: the wealth flows from the periphery to the centre and the authority or influence flows from the centre to the periphery."
Author/creator: Maung Aung Myoe
Language: English
Source/publisher: Asia Research Institute, Singapore Working Paper No. 86
Format/size: pdf (445 kb)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs2/MmEcoRelations.pdf
Date of entry/update: 17 February 2008

Title: Myanmar’s Economic Relations with China: Can China Support the Myanmar Economy?
Date of publication: July 2006
Description/subject: Abstract: "Against the background of closer diplomatic, political and security ties between Myanmar and China since 1988, their economic relations have also grown stronger throughout the 1990s and up to 2005. China is now a major supplier of consumer and capital goods to Myanmar, in particular through border trade. China also provides a large amount of economic cooperation in the areas of infrastructure, energy and state-owned economic enterprises. Nevertheless, Myanmar’s trade with China has failed to have a substantial impact on its broad-based economic and industrial development. China’s economic cooperation apparently supports the present regime, but its effects on the whole economy will be limited with an unfavorable macroeconomic environment and distorted incentives structure. As a conclusion, strengthened economic ties with China will be instrumental in regime survival, but will not be a powerful force affecting the process of economic development in Myanmar."...Keywords: Myanmar (Burma), China, trade, border trade, economic cooperation, energy, oil and gas
Author/creator: Toshihiro KUDO
Language: English
Source/publisher: IDE DISCUSSION PAPER No. 66
Format/size: pdf (510K)
Date of entry/update: 17 February 2007

Title: The Vanishing Lady Tycoon
Date of publication: July 2005
Description/subject: Stories of murder and mayhem abound in Kachin State’s casino town... "Welcome to the Macao of northern Burma: Maija Yang, once a backward Kachin State border village but now a bustling boom town with more than a dozen casinos catering to Chinese gamblers sidelined by restrictions in their own country. The frontier-style administration of Maija Yang, 160km north of the Kachin capital Myitkyina, is effectively in the hands of the Kachin Independence Organization, which is said to earn around 8.5 million yuan (more than US $1 million) annually from the Chinese-run casinos. Prostitution, drugs and alcohol probably net the town even more money. The first of the casinos was built four years ago under a KIO development program originally intended to provide local people, traditionally reliant on the opium trade, with an alternative source of income. The high-minded plan went awry, however—the casinos employ mostly Chinese staff, and the drugs problem is only getting worse..."
Author/creator: Khun Sam
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 13, No. 7
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 30 April 2006