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Yun Sun is quoted in The Wall Street Journal on foreign investment in Myanmar

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Myanmar Farmland Gets Closer to Vision as Economic Engine

A field littered with roaring tractors and herds of cows ambling in the distance doesn’t look like the future of Myanmar’s economic reforms.

But as the company behind the Japanese-backed Thilawa Special Economic Zone prepares to issue shares next month-hoping to raise $21.7 million to fund the project-the vision of this rural Yangon suburb as Southeast Asia’s next manufacturing hub is inching closer to realization.

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The Chinese wanted Myanmar to view the promises made by Western countries and their allies as a reward for democratic reforms as “just lip service,” said Yun Sun , an expert on Myanmar-China relations at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. “But that is not happening, because money is pouring in.”

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