China's President Xi Jinping (R) speaks with Myanmar's President Htin Kyaw after a signing ceremony at Beijing's Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 10, 2017. Photo: AFP, Yohei Kanasashi

China has opened twin crude and gas pipelines through Myanmar to China, which will help diversify supply routes, which are now dependant on transport through the South China Sea. The Financial Times reports the pipeline can provide close to 6% of China’s crude imports.

The announcement was made on Tuesday as Myanmar President Htin Kyaw finished a six-day state visit, during which the two countries signed nine cooperative agreements, according to Chinese state media. The agreements include the development of an industrial park and deep-sea port in Myanmar’s Kyaukpyu Special Economic Zone.