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Three New China-Myanmar Cross-Border Trade Routes

  • January 13, 2023
  • ISP Admin
Since the coup in February 2021, three new rail-road-sea cross-border trade routes connecting China and Myanmar have emerged These three routes were not initially part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and they facilitate access by China’s western provinces to the Indian Ocean and neighboring countries in the Read more...

2 Million IDPs Since the Coup

  • January 2, 2023
  • ISP Admin
The number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Myanmar due to armed conflict following the coup has reached at least 1,912,769 as of December 14, 2022 There were already at least 497,200 IDPs on the run before the coup, and the number of cross-border refugees before and since the coup has reached at least 1,019,190 These numbers indicate that almost 7 percent of the country’s total population are now fleeing from armed Read more...

Armed Clashes in Chin State: Total Over 590

  • December 26, 2022
  • ISP Admin
From the 2021 Coup until November 2022, Chin State experienced at least 592 violent clashes across all its nine townships These clashes were predominantly between the State Administration Council (SAC) forces and the People Defense Forces (PDFs), or between the SAC forces and EthnicRevolutionary Organizations (EROs) Of all the townships, Mindat township had the highest total of clashes - over 125 The total number of airstrikes conducted in the whole Chin State was at least 33; Paletwa township, Read more...

China, Thailand and Singapore Remain Myanmar’s Top Trading Partners

  • December 19, 2022
  • ISP Admin
China, Thailand and Singapore remain Myanmar’s top trading partners of the past four fiscal years Comparing Myanmar’s trading partners of the past four fiscal years from the 2018-19 fiscal year to 2021-22 mini-budget period, Malaysia rose to fourth while Japan declined to seventh The 2020-21 fiscal year experienced an export volume of over USD 153 billion and an import volume of over USD 146 billion This total trade volume declined by nearly USD 7 billion compared with the 2019-20 fiscal Read more...

Clashes Double in Areas Close to Chinese Projects

  • December 13, 2022
  • ISP Admin
The conflict map of Myanmar has become broader and larger as a result of armed conflicts following the coup Among more than 7,800 clashes nationwide, at least 300 took place in areas where China's major projects are located or near China's potential project Read more...

Over 7,800 Clashes Have Erupted Across the Country Since Coup

  • November 26, 2022
  • ISP Admin
From the start of the military coup to November 15 this year, at least 7,855 clashes have erupted across the country Of these, at least 4,548 clashes broke out between the State Administration Council (SAC) forces and Ethnic Revolutionary Organizations (EROs) Around 2,267 clashes erupted between the SAC forces and the People Defense Forces (PDFs) including LDF, CDF, CNDF, and KNDF, while there were at least 925 clashes between the SAC forces and combined forces of EROs and Read more...

Guangxi-Yangon New Maritime Route

  • November 20, 2022
  • ISP Admin
A new maritime trade route, Guangxi - Yangon which will directly connect Qinzhou port in Beibu gulf port in China’s Guangxi to Yangon port in Myanmar, was opened on October 28, 2022 The new trade route will connect the ports in member states of the China-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Read more...

More Than 38,000 Houses and Buildings Torched Nationwide Since Coup

  • November 12, 2022
  • ISP Admin
Data Matters No 36 As of October 31, 2022, at least 38,568 houses and buildings (including religious buildings) have been torched and destroyed during armed conflicts since the coup The number of torched buildings increased this year and it accounts for over 94 percent of the total Sagaing Region has the highest total so far Read more...

Energy Sector Receives Most Investment

  • November 4, 2022
  • ISP Admin
A sector-by-sector analysis of foreign direct investment from the coup up to 30 September 2022, shows that the energy sector received the largest share with more than US$38 billion However neither the mining sector nor the oil and gas sector received any foreign investment On a monthly basis, May 2021 recorded the highest amount of investment with more than US$12 billion No foreign investment was recorded in either February or April Read more...

IDPs Spread Across 96 Townships

  • November 2, 2022
  • ISP Admin
Data up to October 19, 2022 shows the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) and refugees in Myanmar caused by armed conflict following the military coup has reached 1,650,611 There were also more than 497,200 IDPs who were already on the run due to armed conflict occurring before the coup The combined number of cross-border refugees before and after the coup is at least Read more...