EU’s threat to scrap trade preferences spurs Myanmar’s reforms

Economic reform is getting a second wind in Myanmar as the government tries to lure back foreign investors scared away by reports of human rights abuses against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority. The government has announced the easing... More

In Myanmar, 3 armed groups offer to stop fighting, enter peace talks

Three ethnic armed groups based in northeast Myanmar said they were willing to stop fighting and enter formal negotiations after meeting with members of the government’s Peace Commission on Wednesday in China’s Yunnan Province. The military has been... More

Rohingya facing ‘lost generation’ of children out of school

The Rohingya are facing a "lost generation" as children both in Myanmar and in the refugee camps of Bangladesh struggle to get an education, a new report has warned. The Rohingya youth who remain in Myanmar's Rakhine State... More


“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


By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... 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