About the company
China North Industries Group Corporation (Norinco)/Wanbao Mining
China North Industries Group Corporation, known as Norinco is a Chinese state-owned company. It supplies military equipment to the Burmese military, and in 2017 signed an agreement for co-operation with the Burmese military. It has previously supplied armoured personnel carriers which are used in ethnic states where the United Nations says war crimes and crimes against humanity are being committed. Norinco has also sold the MBT 2000 main battle tank to the Burmese military, the SH1 self-propelled howitzer, the PTL02 tank destroyer.
Norinco also owns Wanbao Mining. Wanbao Mining is a Chinese mining company involved in the Letpadaung Copper mine. The mine is linked to environmental destruction and human rights violations against local people protesting against the mine. It is also a joint venture with the military controlled Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd.
Norinco are also in a joint venture with the military controlled Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd operating the Moe Gyo Sulphuric Acid Factory.
No.46 Sanlihe Road
Chinese-made wheeled armored personnel carrier catches fire in Myanmar, Defense Blog, 18th October 2018
Analysis: Under Pressure, Aung San Suu Kyi to Seek Chinese Investment, The Irrawaddy, 5th December 2017
‘Strong, Fully Efficient and Modern’: Myanmar’s new look armed forces, Andrew Selth, Griffith Institute, 2015
SH1 155 mm howitzer, Globalsecurity.org, website accessed July 2019
PTL02 Tank destroyer, military today website accessed July 2019
Asia Times – China Seizes Opportunity in Suu Kyi’s Isolation
Myanmar Times 15th February 2017 – Letpadaung Copper Project to bring in US$20m
Environmental Justice Atlas website accessed November 2018
Reuters – 28th December 2018 – Special Report: Myanmar’s deep mine of old troubles
Shan communities and MPs call for cancellation of dams in conflict-torn northern and southern Shan State – 5th December 2018
Defense Ministry Rejects Relocation of Sulfuric Acid Factory, Htet Naing Zaw – The Irrawaddy – 17th August 2017
Economic interests of the Myanmar military – Independent International United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, 5 Aug 2019
How Chinese Mining Investment Funds the Myanmar Military, Publish What You Pay Australia, October 2021
Notified 4th July 2019
Added to the Dirty List 20 August 2019
Follow up letter sent 18th January 2022