Myanmar Junta Pushing Ahead with China-Backed Kyaukphyu SEZ and Port

The military regime is inviting bids to provide legal services to the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone (KPSEZ) and deep-sea port project in western Rakhine State, a key strategic component of China ‘s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The junta’s invitation to tender comes as China is pressing Myanmar to implement its ambitious infrastructure projects under the BRI, but while the country is struggling to cope with both the political turmoil created by the military’s coup and the deadly third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.