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China says oil pipeline deal finally reached with Myanmar


China and Myanmar have reached an agreement on an oil pipeline between the neighbouring countries after almost a decade of talks, with the project due to start "very quickly", Chinese vice-foreign minister Liu Zhenmin said on Monday... More

MYANMAR INCREASINGLY PIVOTS TO BEIJING


President Htin Kyaw’s official six-day visit to China – just concluded -- is highly significant. For it reflects Myanmar’s increasing tilt towards Beijing, in the wake of increasingly difficult relations with the West. It also signals a... More

China’s support crucial to NLD governance


Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw arrived in China for his state visit last week, his first Beijing trip since assuming office. The two sides are expected to discuss border security and economic cooperation. With economic growth slowing... More

UN pushes Myanmar to release detained Rohingya children


The UN children's agency UNICEF has called on Myanmar's government to release Rohingya children detained as part of a sweeping military campaign in Rakhine state. More than 600 people were arrested in an army crackdown on Rohingya Muslims... More

Myanmar Ethnic delegations meet in Chiang Mai


A two-day meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand, concludes on Thursday between two ethnic negotiating teams – the Delegation for Political Negotiations (DPN), which represents the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), and the Coordination Team (CT), which is... More

Myanmar-China crude oil pipeline to commence next month


After a two-year delay, the Myanmar-China crude oil pipeline is expected to begin operating in May, officials said. The respective parties of Myanmar and China were discussing the terms and conditions on the crude oil pipeline operation since... More

NLD Dismisses Regional Heads for By-election Blunder


The National League for Democracy (NLD) party has stripped the heads of Karenni State and Hpruso Township of their positions for failing to field a candidate in time, forcing the party out of the race for a... More

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Awkward Anniversary


(Exclusive): Myanmar’s democracy icon and Nobel peace prize laureate - Aung San Suu Kyi – has just completed her first year in power. Her performance during the past twelve months, according to most analysts and commentators, has... More

NLD won almost half of the seats in by-elections


The National League for Democracy won almost half of the seats that were contested in by-elections on Sunday, the first vote since it dominated elections a year ago and an early indication of continued support for State... More

Suu Kyi’s new govt faces first test at Myanmar polls


Aung San Suu Kyi's government will face its first test at the ballot box on Saturday (April 1) in by-elections around Myanmar seen as a barometer for growing disillusionment with her party a year after it took... More

Disenchanted Myanmar: Suu Kyi will step down if people wishes


For decades Myanmar's people dreamed of democracy, but a year into office Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government is struggling to revive a sluggish economy and shake off the vestiges of the still powerful military. Aung San Suu... More

Myanmar-China oil pipeline: Positive signal for bilateral relation


Nearly a decade in the making, a project to pump oil 770 km (480 miles) across Myanmar to southwest China is set for imminent start-up, with a supertanker nearing the port of Kyauk Phyu, marking the opening... More

UN Inquiry Poses Problems for Myanmar Government


Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government is now facing its most critical test since coming to power a year ago. It is also a major personal trial for the Lady – as she is commonly known. For... More

Torturing and Raping of Royingya Muslims: UN launch investigation


The top United Nations human rights body has agreed to send a fact-finding mission to investigate allegations of Burmese security forces killing, raping and torturing Rohingya Muslims. In a move bound to put pressure on State Counsellor Aung... More

Some answers from Annan’s Rakhine Commission


(Exclusive): The situation in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state poses perhaps the biggest test for the democratic government of Aung San Suu Kyi. It is one which is complicated and has worsened over the years, leading to an... More

People enjoy Myanmar Int’l Lighting Festival 2017


People visit the Myanmar International Lighting Festival at the People's Park in Yangon, Myanmar, March 19, 2017. Image Source: Xinhua/U Aung More

Myanmar Parliament Approves Reduced Budget for 2017-2018


The Union Parliament approved a budget of 20.59 trillion kyats for the 2017-2018 fiscal year on Friday—lower than the proposed budget of more than 20.89 trillion kyats. On the last day of the current legislative session, the Union... More

Myanmar must work to close Rohingya camps, says Kofi Annan panel


Myanmar should immediately start letting Rohingya Muslims return home and ultimately close rundown camps for the displaced in its western Rakhine state, a panel led by former U.N. chief Kofi Annan said on Thursday. More than 120,000 people,... More

Myanmar approves diplomatic ties with Vatican


Myanmar's parliament approved forming diplomatic relationships with the Vatican on March 10. Approval comes after meetings between high-level church officials and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi. The announcement follows Archbishop Paul Tsang in-Nam, Apostolic delegate to Myanmar,... More

Singapore senior minister Goh on 3-day visit to Myanmar


Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong of Singapore arrived in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on a three-day visit on Tuesday (March 14). During the visit ESM Goh called on President Htin Kyaw, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi... More

NVC: Ploy to deny Rohingyas citizenship rights!


The government of Myanmar is playing the same old card, previously played by the military junta. The authorities have stepped up the controversial National Verification Card (NVC) distribution program among Muslim Rohingyas in restive Arakan state. Although... More

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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

US withdrawal from Afghanistan showcases India’s hollow Afghan policy

When Donald Trump recently mocked India for building a library in Afghanistan, it signified a lot more than the fact that India is not fighting the Taliban as a US ally; it showed the actual limited presence of India in Afghanistan, although the Indian government has, as of lately, been busy responding to Trump’s jibe by listing its many projects in Afghanistan worth billions of dollars. But there can... 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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