By Nyein Nyein
Despite the suspension of travellers passing through China-Myanmar border crossings, China has permitted cargo trucks to travel through two land borders out of six in Muse district, said Vice-Chairman U Min Thein of Muse Rice Commodity Depot.
To control the spreading of Covid-19, China strictly controls border areas. This being so, China strictly curbs unnecessary passing through borders and has suspended border checkpoints regarding the residents starting from 1 April, he added.
“China closed the borders for the local people starting from 1 April. But they permit the cargo trucks to pass through Manwain and Kyainsankyawt borders. But the truck conductors are not allowed to pass the borders. We normally export rice, broken rice and variety of beans to China,” he stated.
Starting from 1 April, China has suspended crossing of the people to the Republic of China through Muse district border crossings such as Manwain, Hsinphyu, Nandaw, Kyainsankyawt, Pansai (Kyukoat) and Manhero.
However, China permits the passage of cargo trucks through Manwain and Kayinsankyawt borders.
Therefore, the bilateral border trade has declined by 25 per cent since 1 April, according to Muse Rice Commodity Depot.
At present, China grants passage through only two border checkpoints for trading. Myanmar exports 400 truckloads of watermelon and muskmelon and over 200 truckloads of rice and variety of beans to China, he added.
With the strict control imposed upon the border, the Chinese traders are only contacting Myanmar traders over the phone, he added.
The four borders linking between China and Myanmar are Muse in northern Shan State, Lwejel in Kachin State, Chin Shwehaw in northeastern Shan State and Kampaiti in Kachin State. Muse border is the largest trade transaction zone between the two neighbours. (Translated by Hay Mar)