The government invited nine ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) that have not signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) to the upcoming Union Peace Conference as “special guests,” The Irrawaddy has learned.
Tar Hla... More
The Chinese navy on Sunday conducted its first joint exercise with Myanmar's navy as its fleet concluded a four-day visit to the country.
The People's Liberation Army (PLA) navy fleet, composed of... More
Militant-political Buddhism is on the rise in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, both Buddhist-majority countries. It is exploiting the political vacuum existing in these countries due to weak governments, to build a... More
The spread of extreme Buddhist nationalism in Myanmar escalates by the day. Extreme nationalists are now preparing to protest against the country’s religious minister. Claiming that Myanmar’s government is failing to support... More
A Chinese naval fleet comprising three warships -- Changchun, Jingzhou and Chaohu of Escort Task Group called at the Myanmar International Terminals Thilawa (MITT) in Yangon's Thanlyin township Thursday morning.
As its... More
The Myanmar Union Election Commission (UEC) announced in a statement on Thursday that they would not take action against the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party, after 13 rival political... More
China and Burma signed five agreements on Tuesday regarding cooperation in economic development, health, and the preservation of historic monuments in Bagan, following a meeting between State Counselor Daw Aung San... More
Burma’s main opposition and former ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) refused to make recommendations to the Arakan State Advisory Commission in a meeting on Sunday.
Members of the Kofi Annan-led... More
The First Myanmar-China Think Tank Forum was held on May 10 in Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province.
The forum attracted a total of over 60 specialists and scholars from... More
Myanmar’s seven ethnic states have won the right to draft their own constitutions, an unprecedented breakthrough in their fight for equality and self-determination, according to the leader of an armed ethnic... More
Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation scheduled for Sunday and Monday in Beijing, the Myanmar Foreign Ministry announced Thursday.
This will... More
Seven nationalists and Buddhist monks involved in Tuesday night’s confrontation between Buddhists and Muslims in Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township (Yangon) have been charged with incitement to commit violence.
Ko Latt, also known... More
Myanmar Police fired two warning shots to break up a confrontation between Buddhist nationalists and Muslims in Rangoon’s Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township that reportedly left one person injured in the early... More
Activists and refugees demonstrated as State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was presented with the Freedom of the City of London award on Monday, calling the recognition “disappointing” in light... More
The government of Myanmar has warned it will take action over false news and rumors it claims are being disseminated to cause instability and confusion.
In a statement published by the state-run... More
Myanmar’s military has “seriously condemned” the ruling party’s spokesperson assumption of military involvement in spreading rumors concerning the resignation of the country’s President, saying that they will make the “necessary responses.”
U Wirathu, an ultranationalist monk notorious for his inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric, is visiting Maungdaw Township in Arakan State, where mostly stateless Muslims that identify as Rohingya have been the targets of... More
Sheikh Hasina and Aung San Suu Kyi have so much in common. Daughters of great fathers who spearheaded the freedom struggle of their countries, both lost their fathers before they could get to run or had just about run... More
A Times of India report of September 19 claimed that the US was “moving closer to designating Pakistan a terrorist state.” Reasons for this include, the report claimed, Pakistan’s non-cooperation in Afghanistan and its unwillingness to act against the... More
AASK’s speech could be the best delivered under the circumstances but it’s also full of misleading hopes and commitments never kept. The speech will buy time for the Myanmar military but may not do much at all to solving... More
Four hundred thousand Muslim Rohingyas have fled across the border to Bangladesh from Myanmar in the last 3 weeks to escape the army’s clearance operations. Human rights groups claim it’s a “scorched earth” policy – reminiscent of the military’s... More
The recently concluded BRICS summit was meaningful in anumber of ways. More than anything else, it left a powerful impression of increasing rapprochement between two Asian rivals, India and China, after two months of intense standoff in the Doklam... More