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Bertil Lintner

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Why Suu Kyi can’t and won’t democratize Myanmar

Is Myanmar headed towards more representative and less military-steered democracy? On February 6, Myanmar’s parliament voted to establish a new preparatory committee to deliberate...

China gives Bangladesh $72.6m for bridges, disaster aid

China will provide grant assistance of approximately US$72.6 million to Bangladesh under an agreement on economic and technical cooperation between the two countries, The...

China-Myanmar border trade dips dramatically

China-Myanmar border trade fell by US$562 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to the Global New Light of Myanmar, a state media...

Myanmar sends more troops to troubled Rakhine State

The war in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State is likely to intensify as more government forces have been deployed to the area in the wake...

Rebel attacks escalate war in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

The war in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State is likely to intensify as more government forces have been deployed in the area in the wake...

Trouble ahead, trouble behind for Myanmar

There was no shortage of bad news from Myanmar in 2018 and few foresee cause for new hope in the year ahead. The Rohingya refugee...

Russia, China may veto British move in UN on Rohingya return

Russia and China, two permanent members of the UN Security Council, are boycotting talks on a British resolution to address the Rohingya refugee crisis...

Where India quietly watches China at sea

India’s Andaman Islands are where stone-age warfare meets 21st century weapons technology. On November 16, John Allen Chau, an American Christian missionary, was killed...

China seizes opportunity in Suu Kyi’s isolation

As Western governments weigh sanctions in punitive response to Myanmar’s recent rash of rights abuses against ethnic and religious minorities, China is taking full...

China reaching deeper and deeper into Nepal

“The Night Train to Kathmandu”, a 1988 surrealistic American movie set against the backdrop of the Himalayas, mixed fantasy and reality as a young...

Concern grows in India over Sri Lankan constitutional crisis

A constitutional crisis is unfolding in Sri Lanka – and that is causing concern in New Delhi as it may enable China to expand...

Many questions remain over Rohingya repatriation

Although Bangladesh and Myanmar authorities announced they have a plan to start the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas by mid-November, it is...

New Indian navy ships to monitor China in Indian Ocean

India’s Ministry of Defense has awarded a contract worth about US$350 million for the construction of four survey vessels for the country’s navy, Russian...

Why India looks the other way on Myanmar

While the West moves to re-isolate Myanmar after a short period of re-engagement, neighboring India is taking a more realpolitik approach to reports of...

China and Myanmar railway talks back on track

China and Myanmar have decided to look into the feasibility of constructing a railroad from Muse near the Chinese border to Mandalay in central...

Myanmar should revise laws used for political aims: US panel

The US Congressional Research Service (CRS) has said Myanmar’s state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government “have...

Maldives teeters towards post-election chaos

Days after an election that was widely viewed as a proxy contest between China and India for influence in the Indian Ocean republic of...

Bangladesh appeals for more Rohingya aid

Bangladesh appears to be coming to terms with the fact that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees languishing in camps on its soil...

As West recoils, China surges south in Myanmar

A massive monument depicting four Chinese figures wheeling a large circular object, determined faces pointed directly south, stands in the Chinese border town of...

US will not cooperate with ICC probe into Afghanistan

The United States has said that it would refuse to cooperate “in any way” with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague if...

Myanmar military chief in a political firing line

It could not have been a worse day for the ambition and standing of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of Myanmar’s increasingly...