Chinese state councilor meets with former Myanmar president

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday (Apr 23) met with former Myanmar President U Thein Sein, vowing to promote the development of the China-Myanmar economic corridor. Wang said the comprehensive strategic... More

Rohingya lawyer wants Myanmar situation to be heard at ICC

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has failed to prevent the Rohingya refugee crisis, and the 15-member body must refer sexual violence and other crimes against the ethnic group to the International Criminal Court,... More

Myanmar military blacklisted by UN over sexual violence against Rohingya

A new UN report puts Myanmar’s armed forces on a UN blacklist of government and rebel groups “credibly suspected” of carrying out rapes and other acts of sexual violence in conflict for the first... More

Myanmar army launches major offensive against KIA bases

The Myanmar military (or Tatmadaw) attacked the Kachin Independence Army’s headquarters and other bases on Wednesday in a major new offensive including both ground and air strikes, according to local sources. The... More

Myanmar not ready for return of Rohingyas: UNHCR

The UN refugee agency called a Myanmar minister's visit to Bangladesh to meet Muslim Rohingya refugees a confidence-building measure, but said conditions in Myanmar were not ready for their return. Myanmar Social Welfare... More

Myanmar court refuses to drop case against Reuters journalists

A judge on Wednesday (April 11) rejected a request for dismissal of a case against two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar after being accused of possessing secret government papers. A court in Yangon has been... More

Myanmar to sign cross-border transport deal with Thailand

Thailand and Myanmar would soon sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that would facilitate cross-border transportation of goods and people, U Aung Ye Tun, assistant secretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The memorandum... More

Thailand expresses concern over BIMSTEC motor vehicle pact

Thailand has expressed concern over the proposed BIMSTEC Motor Vehicle Agreement that would give Indian truckers access to the country through a trilateral highway via Myanmar, saying only domestically-owned transport firms should be allowed... More

The Rohingya, Canada and the lessons learned in Rwanda

The difficulty in combating ethnic cleansing is it tends to happen incrementally. News of it can come slowly and seem incomplete, which makes it easier for the world to ignore what’s happening. Canadians learned this... More

Myanmar minister to tour refugee camps on visit to Bangladesh

Myanmar’s Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Win Myat Aye will inspect Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh during a two-day official trip, the first such visit from a senior member... More

Rakhine parliament says ‘no’ to Rohingya resettlement

The Rakhine State Parliament on Friday approved a proposal to urge the union government not to resettle non-citizen Muslim refugees in southern Maungdaw Township. Lawmaker U Tun Aung Thein, of Buthidaung Township, introduced the proposal... More

Myanmar not ready for return of Rohingya refugees – UN official

Myanmar is not ready for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees, said the most senior United Nations official to visit the country this year, after Myanmar was accused of instigating ethnic cleansing and driving nearly... More

UNOCHA deputy chief visits Maungdaw

A senior official from UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) currently in Myanmar for a weeklong visit is scheduled to fly to Maungdaw township in northern Rakhine State on Thursday to inspect... More

Myanmar agrees to UN Security Council visit

Myanmar has agreed to a visit by the UN Security Council after months of resistance, but it remains unclear whether ambassadors will be allowed to go to Rakhine state, the body’s president said. Nearly... More

Myanmar lures Bangladesh Buddhists to take over Rohingya land: officials

Myanmar authorities have lured dozens of mainly Buddhist Bangladeshi tribal families to cross the border and resettle on land abandoned by fleeing Muslim Rohingya, officials said on Monday (Apr 2). About 50 families from remote... More

China warns Northern Alliance against cooperating with ARSA

China has warned Northern Alliance members with armed forces based near the Chinese border in northern Shan State not to cooperate with the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), according to border sources. The Northern Alliance... More

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi urges nation to stay united amid ‘challenges’

Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on Sunday for her people to remain united, saying the Southeast Asian country faces “challenges” at home and abroad, as she marked two years since... More

Call to join Myanmar rebel group spreads panic in Bangladesh hills

Panic has spread in the hilly areas of Bandarban after Myanmar-based Arakan Army (AA) sent letters to Bangladeshi youths, inviting them to join the insurgent group. Youths living in remote areas of Thanchi and Ali... More

Myanmar to select new president Wednesday  

The Myanmar parliament will select a new president on Wednesday, with lawmakers choosing among three vice presidents for the successor to Htin Kyaw, the country's civilian president who resigned last week. Mann Win Khine Than,... More

India – Myanmar Navy exercise begins

India-Myanmar Navy Exercise 2018 began in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. The Union of Myanmar Navy Ships UMS King Sin Phyu Shin (Frigate) and UMS Inlay (Off-shore Patrol Vessel) arrived on Sunday to participate in the... More

NLD denies reports of Suu Kyi’s imminent retirement

A spokesman for the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) on Sunday denied reports that State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi would be retiring any time soon. “There are reports that Daw Aung San... More


On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... More

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More


Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... More



Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More