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Suu Kyi Rejects National-level Political Dialogue in Arakan State


State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has again rejected the Arakan Liberation Party’s (ALP) request to hold an ethnic-based national-level... More

Chinese Officials Push for Kyaukphyu SEZ to Move Forward


During a trip to Arakan State’s Kyaukphyu Township on Monday, Chinese official Wang Yajun emphasized that his country aims for the... More

Myanmar rapped at UN!


US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley added Myanmar to her list of usual suspects of concern when it comes... More

Myanmar’s ‘Great Game’ enters volatile new phase


In late March the US naval ship Fall River—a Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport vessel—arrived at Yangon’s Thilawa Port as part of... More

Maungdaw Begins Late Thingyan Celebrations


Despite the Thingyan festival ending throughout Burma on Sunday, conflict-torn Maungdaw in northern Arakan State is celebrating the annual water festival... More

Suu Kyi contemplating China prospect after strained relation with the west


Aung San Suu Kyi, the de-facto leader of Myanmar’s NLD government is now facing a dilemma in her relationship with the... More

US Ambassador to Burma: ‘We Urge All Parties to End the...


In an interview at the US Embassy in Rangoon recently, The Irrawaddy’s editor Kyaw Zwa Moe talked to the US Ambassador... More

Myanmar-China ties reach new height overcoming differences


The cooperative relations between China and Myanmar has entered a new phase overcoming Beijing’s political hostility with Aung San Suu Kyi... More

Rohingya killings expose fraud of Burmese ‘Democracy’


The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva last month adopted a resolution setting up an investigation into serious crimes committed... More

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,... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... More

COLUMN

De-criminalizing democracy

Governor Amir Muhammad Khan Kalabagh’s logic behind not closing down the red light area “Hiramandi” is very revealing, “If you ban them they will be all over the place.” This in fact eventually did happen! When Bhutto nationalized their assets in 1972, many financiers and industrialists invested their... More

A golden opportunity

INFRASTRUCTURE projects all over the world have a tendency towards cost overruns and schedule delays. Pakistan’s implementation record has been relatively worse, irrespective of the form of government or party in power. It is characterised by sluggishness, frequent change of managers, passing on the buck and not... More

Why China’s new aircraft carrier should worry India

The launch of China’s second aircraft carrier, expected as soon as this week, will be an important and depressing moment for India. The “Type 001A” -- likely to be named the “Shandong” -- will give China an edge for the first time in the carrier race with... More

Myanmar’s Precariously Poised Peace Process

Myanmar’s peace process has been stalled for months, as the country’s ethnic rebel groups – fighting for autonomy – and Aung San Suu Kyi’s government try to find a solution to their impasse that has prevented it from making further headway. Now the next meeting of the Union... More

China’s Bengal foray

This was expected much before. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been to Singapore, UK and Germany, scouting for investments without much of  a success. Her government did not initially take much interest in the Kolkata-Kunming Forum (K2K) that brings together many potential Chinese investors in their... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Nepal can be bridge for India role in Belt, Road

To further strengthen economic ties between Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region and Nepal, China will try harder to get India to see the benefits of participating in the "One Belt, One Road" initiative, and... More

India’s moral claim to Kashmir has never seemed more fragile

India has spent the past decade lying to itself about Kashmir. The Pakistan-sponsored insurgency of the 1980s was contained. Elections were being held in the valley. People were defying militants to vote in them.... More

Three decades of mistrust

As Delhi and Colombo intensify their high-level political engagement, new opportunities for elevating the partnership are coloured by enduring suspicions in Sri Lanka. The country’s prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, is travelling to India this... More

India needs to learn that economic development comes before a naval...

"China is planning to build more aircraft carriers to bolster its maritime capabilities, which could pose a bigger threat to India," India's Economic Times reported recently. With concerns expressed by Indian media outlets about... More

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Reaction to “Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade”

David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article... More

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