Myanmar in the Clutches of Chinese Debt

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Myanmar in the Clutches of Chinese Debt

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:55 am

Poor and isolated, Myanmar backs into a China debt trap
Myanmar's parliament hopes China will accept repayment of its debts in rice, but payback will more likely come through deep-reaching economic concessions
By Bertil Lintner Chiang Mai, January 31, 2019
Myanmar lawmakers have sounded alarm over the country’s high and rising debts owed to China, urging the National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government to pay back the loans as fast as possible to avoid a sovereignty-eroding debt trap.

With foreign exchange reserves at a meager US$6.35 billion in 2018 and the national debt estimated at US$10 billion, of which $4 billion is now owed to China, parliamentarian Than Soe recently suggested sending rice instead of dollars to China.

Whether China would accept such a deal remains to be seen. The interest rate on most Chinese loans is a whopping 4.5%, believed to be the highest rate among all the foreign government and financial institutions that Myanmar now owes.

Most of Myanmar’s foreign debt was accumulated between 1988 and 2011, a period when the country was subjected to Western sanctions imposed against the previous military regime’s poor rights record.

At the time, China was the only major foreign donor willing to lend generously to the ostracized regime. Myanmar’s over two decades of international isolation left it heavily indebted to Chinese monetary institutions.

That debt load, Western and Myanmar economists argue, aimed ultimately to facilitate China’s grand strategic designs for Myanmar, including a high-speed railroad connecting China’s landlocked southern region to a deep-sea port at Kyaukphyu that opens on to the Indian Ocean.

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Re: Myanmar in the Clutches of Chinese Debt

Post by clutchcargo » Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:05 am

Here we go again....

OTH, when these countries are ostracised by the West and have no one to turn to..China steps in and takes advantage..
Most of Myanmar’s foreign debt was accumulated between 1988 and 2011, a period when the country was subjected to Western sanctions imposed against the previous military regime’s poor rights record. At the time, China was the only major foreign donor willing to lend generously to the ostracized regime. Myanmar’s over two decades of international isolation left it heavily indebted to Chinese monetary institutions.
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Re: Myanmar in the Clutches of Chinese Debt

Post by CaptainNemo » Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:54 pm

China has it's own debt problems that are underreported... USD6Tn+ of local government debt, and a USD40Tn banking sector that is handing out bad loans all over the place.
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