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Investing in Myanmar — risks and strategies for Chinese entities

By Monique Carroll, Ariel Ye, Max Bonnell and Jonathan Kelp

Myanmar’s incumbent president U Thein Sein took office in March 2011 and since then the new government has become quasi-civilian, bringing an end to military rule. The new government has also undertaken economic and political reforms to encourage western countries to suspend economic sanctions and to attract foreign investment.

Currently, China is the largest investor in Myanmar, providing $20bn (£12bn) in foreign direct investment according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration of Myanmar. Over many years, China and Chinese investors have established good relationships with Myanmar’s government and obtained a ‘head start’ in this regard over many other foreign investors, who, until recently, were prohibited from investing in Myanmar. However, with the changing political, social and regulatory environment in Myanmar, Chinese investors must consider new strategies to ensure the long-term success of their investments…

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