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China beating Japan in war for economic influence in Myanmar


While the Japanese foreign minister and State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi discussed Rakhine’s development in Naypyitaw last week, a Chinese Communist Party provincial secretary met the vice president to discuss increasing investment in agriculture, transport... More

UN urges Myanmar to pave way for Rohingya returns, grant citizenship


United Nations aid agencies called on Myanmar on Wednesday to improve conditions in Rakhine state for the safe return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh and provide a clear pathway to citizenship for those... More

Frequent clashes among armed groups plague Myanmar Shan state residents


Residents of Shan State’s Namtu Township have lamented the frequent fighting between the Shan State Army-South (SSA-S) and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA). The SSA-S, the armed wing of the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), clashed... More

UN council to commemorate Myanmar crackdown on Rohingya


The UN Security Council is planning to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Myanmar's violent crackdown that led about 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh at a meeting later this month. British Ambassador Karen Pierce, the council president... More

Myanmar leader’s image removed from Canadian museum


Myanmar‘s leader Aung San Suu Kyi is being removed from a display at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. There were calls to take any mention of the Nobel Peace Prize winner out of the Winnipeg museum because... More

Cover-up claim over Myanmar’s new Rohingya abuse probe


Rights groups say Myanmar's new commission to probe abuses against the Rohingya in Rakhine State is the start of a cover-up and designed to muddy the waters rather than hold perpetrators accountable for crimes. Phil Robertson, deputy Asia... More

Myanmar, Nepal set up consultation mechanism


Myanmar and Nepal signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Monday on the establishment of Bilateral Consultation Mechanism at the Foreign Ministry level. They also signed an agreement on exemption of visa requirements for the holders of... More

Trinamool questions ‘insaniyat’ as gov’t says ‘no more Rohingyas allowed in India’


India’s home minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday told the Lok Sabha that the government is taking steps to stop further infiltration of Rohingyas. He said that to control the Rohingyas from spreading in the country, the Centre... More

Myanmar names members of Rakhine Investigation Commission


The government on Monday announced the formation of a four-member commission to investigate allegations of human rights violations in Rakhine State following attacks on police posts there by the militant Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) in late... More

Rakhine probe panel may be named this week


The government could announce this week the members of an independent commission that would investigate alleged human rights abuses in northern Rakhine State, legislators said. U Maung Myint, executive committee member of the opposition Union Solidarity and Development... More

Myanmar breaks five-decade-long ceasefire with NSCN(K)


Ending almost a five-decade-old ceasefire with Indian rebels inside its country, the Myanmar government engaged in an exchange of fire with NSCN(K) rebels in the Saigan province over the last four days. The National Socialist Council of Nagaland... More

Myanmar Army attacks several camps of Naga rebel group NSCN-K


Myanmar Army has launched operation against several camps of Naga rebel group NSCN-K inside that country forcing a large number of NSCN-K cadres to flee, according to security sources. Myanmar Army launched the operation against the NSCN-K camps... More

Military MP threatens to assault journalists in parliament


A military appointed lawmaker swore at and threatened to assault journalists who were taking photographs and videotaping in the Parliament building in Naypyitaw on Wednesday, drawing condemnation from the media and demands for an explanation from the... More

Myanmar in disarray


The friends of Aung San Suu Kyi continue to desert her and to criticise her government's policies. The 10-man international advisory board she appointed to try to smooth out the Rohingya crisis has dropped to eight. The... More

UN urges Myanmar to create conditions for Rohingya return


The UN Security Council urged Myanmar's government on Monday to step up efforts to create conditions that will allow Rohingya Muslims who fled a violent crackdown to safely return to the country from neighboring Bangladesh. The council stressed... More

Myanmar again bans Nationalist Buddhist group


A government-appointed body that regulates Myanmar's Buddhist clergy has again banned an ultranationalist organization known for its anti-Muslim rhetoric, ordering it to remove its posters and signboards or face punishment under both Buddhist and secular law. On July... More

Key member resigns from Myanmar advisory panel on Rohingya crisis


A key member of an international advisory panel on Myanmar's crisis-hit Rakhine state has resigned, saying on Saturday (Jul 21) that the Aung San Suu Kyi-appointed board risks becoming "part of the problem" in a conflict that... More

As Trump turns away, China gains in Myanmar


Does US President Donald Trump have a distinct policy towards Myanmar, and if so how does it differ from the engagement gambit championed by his predecessor Barack Obama? Trump has paid little to no attention to Myanmar while... More

After Pakistan, China trying to build economic corridor to Myanmar


China and Myanmar are close to signing a deal on the establishment of a China-Myanmar Economic Corridor along the lines of the controversial China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Once launched, the project will unleash a massive inflow of... More

Report claims Myanmar military planned Rohingya genocide


Myanmar's military made extensive and systematic preparations for attacks on Rohingya before an August 2017 clampdown in northern Rakhine State, an international rights group has claimed. Fortify Rights has documented mass killings, rape and arson attacks against Rohingya... More

Why West is reluctant to invest in Myanmar


Since the National League for Democracy (NLD) assumed power in Myanmar in 2016, the country which was once shut out from the rest of the world, has been continuously opening up and integrating into the international community.... More

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No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


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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