The US decision to further ease restrictions on trading through Steven Law’s shipping port and airports put the blacklisted businessman in a position to profit from the latest changes to the US sanctions regime.
A recent report indicating that Canadian and Burmese officials are discussing future military cooperation has raised alarm bells.
Kachin exile groups say US sanctions on the Burmese military should stay in place until the conflict in Kachin State is resolved.
As imports soar in Burma’s booming economy, the country’s largest port struggles to keep up.
The US government has decided to maintain most economic restrictions on Burma in an effort to punish those Washington sees as hampering the country’s newly elected government.
Serge Pun may be unburdened by international sanctions, but his Mr Clean image has done little to help him clear domestic hurdles.