“The Dirty List” names international companies doing business with the military in Myanmar or is involved in projects where there are human rights violations or environmental destruction, according to pressure group Burma Campaign UK. The group compiled the... More

Massive arched bridge to link China to Myanmar

A gigantic steel arch has been put into place over the Nujiang River in southwestern China’s Yunnan province, and before the end of 2019 bullet trains will cross the world’s longest arched railway bridge at speeds of... More

‘Dirty list’ names 49 firms doing business with Myanmar military

A total of 49 companies worldwide are named and shamed in Burma Campaign UK’s latest “Dirty List” of firms that do business with the Myanmar Military. The list released on Tuesday comprises companies whose operations have been... More

BRI calls for joint efforts by China, Myanmar

A panel chaired by Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to oversee Belt and Road initiative (BRI) projects points to the seriousness that Myanmar attaches to the plan. It is not usual for nations to show... More

Indian president visits Myanmar on ties

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind arrived at Nay Pyi Taw on Monday for a state visit to Myanmar, according to official sources. During the trip, the Indian president is expected to meet with Myanmar government leadership including his... More

Myanmar speeds up progress on China’s Belt and Road

In late November, Ning Jizhe, deputy head of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), visited Myanmar and met with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the minister of planning and finance along with other ministers.... More

Myanmar forms steering committee for implementation of Belt and Road projects

Myanmar has formed a steering committee for implementation of tasks relating to the China-proposed Belt and Road initiative, according to the government's Gazette Friday. The committee is chaired by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi. Vice-President U Myint... More

Landmine explosion in Northern Rakhine kills two

Two men were killed in a landmine explosion Thursday night along a road in northern Rakhine State linking Rathedaung and Buthidaung townships, where the Myanmar military and Arakan Army (AA) have been fighting recently. U Kyaw Min Tun,... More

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 advantage of the country’s new era of international isolation to seek out new... More

Indian president to visit Myanmar next week

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind will start a five-day state visit to Myanmar on Dec. 10-14, India's Ministry of External Affairs said on Tuesday. Kovind will visit Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon, and meet with his host President... More

The Kachin IDP crisis: Myanmar’s other humanitarian disaster

The 33rd Light Infantry Division (LID), known for its brutality, is now back in action in Kachin State, the northernmost state of Myanmar. The Myanmar military unit that has been sanctioned by the United States Treasury Department was... More

Top security officials discuss Russia-Myanmar security cooperation

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev has held a meeting with Myanmar’s National Security Adviser and Minister of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations U Thaung Tun, the Council said in a statement. "Nikolai Patrushev and U Thaung Tun... More

To counter Chinese clout, India to gift 6 HAL Kiran jet trainers...

In what is being seen as an effort to counter China's growing influence in Myanmar, India has decided to ship 6 Kiran Jet trainers to Myanmar. Top government sources confirm the decision has already been taken. India and... More

Myanmar seeks to attract investors in upcoming Invest Myanmar Summit 2019

With over 800 targeted participants, Invest Myanmar Summit 2019 is a perfect opportunity to build your business network by meeting key influencers and decision makers. As an emerging market, Myanmar offers a variety of sustainable and effective... More

Myanmar parliament approves Thai loan for Mekong corridor towns development

Myanmar's Union Parliament has approved borrowing a loan from the Neighboring Countries Economic Development Cooperation Agency (NEDA) of Thailand for the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) East-West Economic Corridor towns development project, parliament sources said Friday. The 24.3-million-U.S.-dollars loan,... More

Little trust, little hope for Myanmar’s faltering peace try

When Karen National Union (KNU) representatives held an emergency meeting earlier this month at their jungle headquarters along the Thai-Myanmar border, the ethnic group’s leaders weighed their continued participation in the government’s peace process. The KNU, along with... More

$187 mln road planned on Myanmar’s West coast for ‘security and development’

A coastal road stretching 274 kilometers (170 miles) from Rakhine State’s Thandwe to Gaw Yin Gyi Island in Irrawaddy Region’s Ngapudaw Township will be built at a cost of around 300 billion kyats ($187 million), according to... More

Beijing urges Naypyitaw to get ball rolling on China-Myanmar Economic Corridor

The vice chairman of China’s top economic planning agency has pushed Myanmar’s State Counselor to work out an implementation plan for the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor, a part of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). China National Development and... More

Suu Kyi to visit to Nepal, attend Asia-Pacific summit

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi will pay an official visit to Nepal soon and attend the Asia-Pacific Summit-2018 to be held in Kathmandu, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday. Suu Kyi will make the trip at... More

Booze Ban shows Myanmar economy largely off limits to foreigners

In a small and musty liquor store in downtown Yangon, a stock boy reaches behind rows of cheap Myanmar-made whisky and grabs a bottle of Jack Daniels. “If we know who you are then we will sell it... More

Returning refugees face uncertainty in eastern Myanmar settlement

Black diesel smoke belches from a rusty engine that pumps water to the relatively new eastern Myanmar town of Lay Kay Kaw, about 5 kilometers from a local reservoir. Thousands of people who fled to Thailand to... More


Modi now looks vulnerable 

The BJP has tried to make all elections in India go the presidential way – Narendra Modi versus the rest. The results of elections in five states, which became clear by December 11 evening, may not change that but the Modi magic suddenly appears to be fading. It is not just the election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where Modi campaigned extensively before the polls. The stunning resignation... More

Beijing increases pressure on Myanmar to open up economically amid Western...

China is increasing its pressure on the Myanmar government in an effort to consolidate its strategic position in Beijing’s march westward. China is also trying to capitalise on Myanmar’s increasing disaffection with the West, and the opportunity offered by the latter’s own cautious realignment and recently developed strategic vision, with the newly launched ‘Look East’ policy. A number of high-power senior Chinese government officials have visited the capital Naypyitaw, all... More

Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

Imran Khan needs better advisers

One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible. Politics is not just about power... 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


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