The development of the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone in Myanmar is part of Beijing’s wider plan to expand its footprint in Southeast Asia. Photo: Xinhua The development of the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone in Myanmar is part of Beijing’s wider plan to expand its footprint in Southeast Asia. Photo: Xinhua
The development of the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone in Myanmar is part of Beijing’s wider plan to expand its footprint in Southeast Asia. Photo: Xinhua
Kaho Yu
Opinion

Opinion

Kaho Yu

How will Covid-19 and the coup affect China’s belt and road investments in Myanmar and Southeast Asia?

  • The initiative is likely to remain a cornerstone of Beijing’s foreign and economic policies, with energy and infrastructure investments a key priority
  • However, Myanmar demonstrates that potential environmental, social and governance risks associated with megaprojects could be a long-term concern

The development of the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone in Myanmar is part of Beijing’s wider plan to expand its footprint in Southeast Asia. Photo: Xinhua The development of the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone in Myanmar is part of Beijing’s wider plan to expand its footprint in Southeast Asia. Photo: Xinhua
The development of the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone in Myanmar is part of Beijing’s wider plan to expand its footprint in Southeast Asia. Photo: Xinhua
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Kaho Yu

Kaho Yu

Kaho Yu is Principal Analyst, Asia Risks & Energy, at Verisk Maplecroft based in Singapore