Chinese foreign minister highlights China-Myanmar border security

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi Tuesday highlighted the importance of border security in promoting the economic development of border areas during his visit to the China-Myanmar border in China's southwest Yunnan Province. The stability of... More

‘Tarnished image’: Myanmar touts troubled Rakhine as investment destination

Organisers of a summit in Myanmar’s crisis-hit western state of Rakhine are this week pitching to investors its plentiful farmland and fishing grounds, tourist-ready beaches and historic temples. The event’s website describes the “untouched opportunities” available in the... More

Without public support, Myanmar military risks losing five townships to Arakan Army

Maj. Thet Oo Maung, a military representative in the Rakhine state parliament, has accused the Arakan Army (AA) of planning to take over five townships in northern Rakhine State by 2020, drawing on his analysis of the... More

Myanmar forms joint committee for amending constitution

Myanmar's Union Parliament on Tuesday announced the formation of a joint committee for amending the 2008 constitution. Chaired by U Tun Tun Hein, deputy speaker of the Union Parliament, the joint committee comprises 45 representatives from political parties... More

Arakan Army warns private bus companies not to transport gov’t troops

The Arakan Army (AA) on Monday warned private bus companies in Rakhine State not to transport Myanmar Army troops after learning that the military was using private vehicles in addition to its own trucks to move its... More

India aiding Myanmar army to conduct operation against insurgent groups, ULFA’s Paresh...

Paresh Barua, commander-in-chief and vice chairman of United Liberation Front-Independent (ULFA-I) confirmed to News18 on Sunday that Myanmar army is conducting a crackdown against northeast insurgent groups at the Naga self-administered zone of Sagaing region in Myanmar,... More

Myanmar court sentences two to death for Muslim lawyer’s murder

A Myanmar court has sentenced two men to death for their role in the murder of a Muslim lawyer and a legal adviser to the country's de facto civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The court on Friday... More

Myanmar army chief denies systematic persecution of Rohingya

Myanmar’s army chief, who is facing international calls that he be prosecuted for genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority, has denied any systematic army persecution and said such accusations were an insult to his country’s honor. In his... More

In Myanmar, new parties challenge Suu Kyi’s grip on power

New political groups are emerging to contest Myanmar’s next election in 2020, aiming to challenge the hegemony of national civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi after she has been weakened by escalating ethnic conflicts and slowing economic... More

Arakan Army chief vows to set up HQ in Rakhine state soon

Amid intense fighting between government troops and the Arakan Army (AA) in northern Rakhine, the armed group’s chief, Major-General Tun Myat Naing, told the Arakanese public that the group will build a temporary headquarters in Rakhine State... More

Many Arakanese embrace AA’s presence

Rakhine State has been the scene of the country’s worst fighting so far this year, as opposed to last year, when Kachin State was the focus. Each year the fighting moves from one area of the country... More

Myanmar takes over Naga camps near Indian border

The Myanmar Army has taken control of the headquarters of the ethnic Naga rebels in the country’s northwest – without either side firing a shot. The rebels, formally known as the National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Khaplang... More

Myanmar army shelling villages in Rakhine ‘without any regard for human rights’

Myanmar soldiers are shelling villages, detaining civilians and blocking aid as part of a new crackdown in Rakhine state by some of the army units implicated in atrocities against the Rohingya, a rights group says. Villagers and local... More

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 amending the country’s military-drafted 2008 constitution, which gives the armed forces an outsized... More

Bangladesh protests to Myanmar over new arrivals from troubled state

Bangladesh has protested to Myanmar over a new influx of refugees fleeing troubled Rakhine state after clashes between security forces and an insurgent group, an official said on Wednesday. Bangladesh's foreign ministry summoned Myanmar's ambassador late on Tuesday... More

Myanmar army takes control of NSCN-Khaplang headquarters

In a significant development, the Myanmarese army has reportedly taken control of the headquarters of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN), Khaplang group, situated in that country’s Sagaing Region. The NSCN, formed in 1980, split into two... More

Myanmar police arrest dozens on suspicion of ties with AA in Rakhine

Police arrested 26 people in northern Rakhine State’s Kyauktaw Township early Monday morning on suspicion of having connections with the Arakan Army (AA), state legislator U Maung Than Sein said. He said authorities did not explain the reason... More

Myanmar gov’t using ‘abusive laws’ to punish critics: HRW

Myanmar‘s government under Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has used repressive laws to prosecute peaceful critics, dashing hopes that its first democratic leader in decades would safeguard free speech, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Friday. Freedom... More

Next stop Myanmar in China-Japan rivalry as frontier market opens doors to...

Myanmar has officially permitted the use of the Chinese and Japanese currencies in cross-border payments, as the Asian giants vie for dominance in one of the region’s last frontier markets. The directive means that the yuan and yen... More

Acknowledging the elephant in the room

The ruling National League for Democracy has initiated the process of forming a joint parliamentary committee to work on amending the country’s military-drafted Constitution. Facing public frustration and sensing a loss of confidence among the party’s hardcore... More

Myanmar Suu Kyi’s party clashes with military over proposal to change army-drafted...

Myanmar’s ruling party clashed with military lawmakers on Tuesday as it proposed steps towards changing the constitution, its biggest challenge in nearly More


Saudi Arabia seeking to be active in South Asia by deepening...

While many political pundits in Pakistan are trying to tie the up-coming billion-dollar Saudi investment in Pakistan with Riyadh’s need to have Islamabad as an ally in its wars in Yemen and Syria, there has been little appreciation of the former’s own growing needs for diversifying its economy. It is also not recognised that Pakistan, with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) running through it in the form of... More

Hybrid warfare: Strategic coercion against Pakistan

While a globalised world was a cherished goal to bring people together, globalisation is increasingly used by one or the other country or group of countries to dominate the rest of the world by a violent process. Looking around we see wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen where the powers that be are trying to bend the power game towards themselves. Conventional wars are now more often not... More

Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law

A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with such declarations and they have aroused considerable interest in media, particularly social media, the motherland of speculations. Who could be the possible vigilante killer? Long history Extra-judicial killings are nothing new and last... More

India key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says former Portuguese...

“This has less to do with geography than with history,” Macaes writes in his insightful book Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order. “As two rising giants, China and India will play a disproportionate role in shaping the new world political and economic order, but like every claim on the future, their role remain ambiguous. In China's case, the question is whether it will eventually measure up to the task... More

BJP has communalised process of awarding Indian citizenship?

Political realities have temporarily halted the BJP’s brazen attempt to communalise Indian citizenship requirements to the advantage of the majority Hindus and to the detriment of the minority Muslims. Evidently, there is also a bias in favour of the north Indian majority and against the Tamil minority in the matter of giving citizenship. But this has not been brought to light in a major and sustained way yet, because the... More



The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More