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Title: Australian Mekong Resource Centre
Description/subject: "By fostering a deeper and wider understanding of contemporary changes in the Mekong Region the AMRC aims to support development paths that maintain the integrity, diversity and symbiosis of local livelihoods, cultures and ecosystems. "..Publications; Library; Case Studies; Projects; Events; Links; Mekong News. Lots of docs
Language: English
Source/publisher: University of Sydney -
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003

Title: IFI-Burma - discussion group
Description/subject: Updates on development schemes in Burma, with particular focus on bilateral and multilateral assistance; concerns and strategies.
Language: English
Subscribe: IFI-Burma-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003

Title: IFI-Burma Project
Description/subject: "The Burma Project conducts research and analysis on issues of development assistance from international financial institutions (IFIs) to Burma, with a particular focus on multilateral development banks (MDBs). The Burma Project also provides current information on these issues to members of civil society who work to protect human rights and the environment in Burma, so that they may be equipped with necessary knowledge, skills and a working network to assist them in ensuring that operations of MDBs in Burma are conducted in a socially and environmentally accountable manner, and truly benefits citizens..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Bank Information Center
Subscribe: IFI-Burma-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Format/size: html, Word, pdf
Date of entry/update: 18 June 2003

Individual Documents

Title: Rangoon the Economic Spoiler
Date of publication: July 2005
Description/subject: Burma’s narrow-minded generals are a barrier to Asian development... The Burmese junta doubtless believes it is clever in the way it plays its close relationship with China to gain leverage with India and even with fellow Asean members. The play is well recognized internationally, not least in India where realpolitik is adjudged to override commitment to democratic government. But what is less often realized is the damage that Burma’s combination of incompetent and thuggish government is doing to Asian development as a whole...Burma is not just an economic disaster in its own right, it is a major barrier to closer cooperation between South and Southeast Asia. The damage this does becomes clearer as the economies of India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh open up to the outside world, more aware of the benefits of trade and investment flows. South Asia as a whole may finally be about to make some progress towards a trade grouping and India is talking about a deal with Asean. But, as ever, Burma remains a physical obstacle to interaction between South and Southeast Asia as well as casting a shadow over the whole Asean process..."
Author/creator: Philip Bowring
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 13, No. 7
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 30 April 2006

Title: A Prosperous Burma Would Benefit China
Date of publication: July 2004
Description/subject: "China's stability would be strengthened if Burma were economically stable and prosperous. Thus it should increase efforts to work for the economic and political changes in Burma that would allow the country to receive international assistance. The modernization of China initiated by Deng Xiaoping involved a shift in the conception of national power from a narrow military perspective to Comprehensive National Power, or CNP, currently seen as consisting of the "eight capabilities" of domestic economic activities, science and technology, foreign economic activities, social development, military, government regulation and control, foreign affairs and natural resources..."
Author/creator: David Arnott
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 12, No. 7
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 10 October 2004

Title: Regional Cooperation and Strategy Program (RCSP) 2004-2008. The GMS - beyond borders (draft executive summary)
Date of publication: 06 January 2004
Language: English
Source/publisher: Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Format/size: pdf
Date of entry/update: 27 January 2004

Title: Sowing disorder: Support for the Burmese junta backfires on China
Date of publication: November 2002
Description/subject: "In the early 1990s China’s sale of arms to Burma played a crucial role in keeping the Burmese military in power. But this support for the generals in Rangoon is now backfiring, as many of the negative consequences spill over the border into China, writes Andrew Bosson. While China has generally taken a passive stance towards international efforts to pressure Burma to improve its rights record, it would be in Beijing’s best interests to push Rangoon towards economic and political reform, he argues. The relationship between Burma and China has been harmful to both countries, especially following the Chinese arms deals which preserved the junta in power and locked Burmese political and economic life into a stasis from which it has yet to emerge. The generals seem to have very little idea of how a modern economy functions and are essentially running the country as they would an army. Military expenditures continue to take up about 60 percent of the national budget. Thus it comes as no surprise that the economy is in an advanced state of failure. China also has been damaged economically: Burma’s lack of access to economic development assistance and its collapsed economy leave a gaping hole in the regional development projects the impoverished provinces of southwest China so badly need. China also suffers from the massive spread of HIV/AIDS, drug addiction and crime that have accompanied the massive quantities of heroin being trafficked from Burma into Yunnan Province. The growth of the drug economy in Burma may be traced directly to the lack of the necessary economic and political remedies, which is an indirect result of China’s intervention..."
Author/creator: Andrew Bosson
Language: English
Source/publisher: China Rights Forum Journal 2002-03
Format/size: pdf (140K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.hrichina.org/en/content/4784
Date of entry/update: May 2003

Title: Challenges to democratization in Burma: Perspectives on multilateral and bilateral responses. Chapter 3 - China–Burma relations
Date of publication: 14 December 2001
Description/subject: I Historical preface; II Strategic relations; III Drugs in the China–Burma relationship; IV China-Burma border: the HIV/AIDS nexus; V Chinese immigration: cultural and economic impact; VI Opening up southwest China; VII Gains and losses for various parties where Burma is (a) democratizing or (b) under Chinese “suzereinty”; VIII Possible future focus; IX Conclusions. " This paper has argued that China’s support for the military regime in Burma has had negative consequences for both Burma and China. The negative impact on Burma of its relationship with China is that it preserves an incompetent and repressive order and locks the country into economic and political stagnation. The negative impact on China is that Burma has become a block to regional development and an exporter of HIV/AIDS and drugs. China’s comprehensive national interests would be best served by an economically stable and prosperous Burma. China could help the development of such an entity by encouraging a political process in Burma that would lead to an opening up of the country to international assistance and a more competent and publicly acceptable administration..."
Author/creator: David Arnott
Language: English
Source/publisher: International IDEA
Format/size: pdf (274K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.idea.int/asia_pacific/burma/upload/challenges_to_democratization_in_burma.pdf
Date of entry/update: 12 July 2003

Title: UNESCAP Home Page
Format/size: Big, slow site. There are search engines on one or two of the sections.
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003