Archive for March, 2012

U.S. and China Press for Influence in Myanmar

Via The New York Times, a report on how the US and China are angling for influence in Myanmar: As Chinese workers in hard hats and red overalls bulldoze deep trenches into the orange soil across northern Myanmar for gas and oil pipelines to China, China’s largest energy conglomerate is paying cash for land and […]

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Colombia-Venezuela: Teaming up In Oil

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a report on recent initiatives between Colombia and Venezuela to team up in the oil sector: “Zero,” said Hugo Chávez firmly, when asked almost three years ago what the chances were of Colombia’s state oil company Ecopetrol having a hand in developing Venezuela’s oil-rich Orinoco Belt. That was back when […]

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Myanmar’s Economic Future: South Korea Or Nigeria?

Via The Myanmar Times, a look at Myanmar’s economic future: AS Myanmar embarks on an unprecedented opening up of its economy to Western investors and multilateral and bilateral donor agencies, the country stands at a crossroads in terms of its future economic policy choices and national economic development trajectory. Such choices may well set Myanmar […]

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Myanmar: Follow The Money

Via The Diplomat, an interesting look at Myanmar’s currency reforms: Most Burma watchers will rightly have their eyes fixed on this Sunday’s much-anticipated by-elections and the prospect of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi entering parliament. However, others will be crunching the numbers after the government announced significant currency reforms to come into force the […]

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Vietnam And Myanmar: Growing Closer

Via The Diplomat, a look at the relationship between Myanmar and Vietnam: Burma’s President Thein Sein arrived in Hanoi for an official visit on March 20, where he received a warm welcome from Vietnam’s leaders, including President Truong Tan Sang. Thetwo-day visit came at a time when the two countries have increasingly sought to enhance […]

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How Mozambique Could Shake Up Putin’s World

Courtesy of The Oil and The Glory, an article on Mozambique’s gas potential that may shake up the energy and geopolitical equation in a line stretching from Europe into Asia: Among the news from East Africa the last two days: Italy’s ENI raised its estimated natural gas reserves in Mozambique to the oil equivalent of […]

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