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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 political dialogue in Arakan State, saying it is a sensitive... 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 Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to be up and running... 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 to human rights during a UN Security Council meeting this... 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 a disaster preparedness training exercise. The port call, the first... 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 from Monday until Thursday, according to local police major Kyaw... 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 West, which analysts point out may impact the stability of... 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 to Burma, Scot Marciel about the country’s troubles and achievements... 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 led NLD government in Naypyidaw. The Global Times, one of... 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 by the Burmese (Myanmar) security forces and nationalist thugs against... 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, with the project due to start "very quickly", Chinese vice-foreign... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... More

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Sri Lankan government’s multifarious dilemmas

Two years into its five-year term, Sri Lanka’s coalition government led by President Maithipala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is afflicted by chronic disunity; contradictions in domestic and foreign policies; and a marked inability to fulfill election promises. Given... More

Pakistan’s Sharif sets himself on a defiance-course

With Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification as prime minister of Pakistan, the tussle for power in Pakistan, particularly between the civil and military institutes or elected and a non-elected apparatus of the state, has reached new heights.  Most of the observers... More

Am I the State?

A month or so plus 40 years ago the democratically elected government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was toppled in a coup in 1977 by Gen Zia-ul-Haq. Initially Zia could have been sincere about holding "free and fair elections" within... More

Myanmar readies to take a great leap forward

Myanmar government is about to take dramatic steps to boost economic development and improve government efficiency. Several significant cabinet changes are in the pipeline, detailed economic strategies are being finalized and a shake-up in the bureaucracy is already underway.... More

Arms industries in India, China and Pakistan need...

India, China and Pakistan have indigenous arms industries in order to sustain their independence and assert their power in the region and beyond. All three have come a long way from total dependence on friendly foreign suppliers to meeting... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... More

India’s CEA declines Bhutan’s requests on CBTE

The Bhutanese government around two months ago, through diplomatic channels, sent a letter to the Indian government over Bhutan’s various concerns over the Cross Border Trade in... More

In South Asia, be the Un-China

India needs to rekindle the SAARC process in order to secure historical affinity with its neighbours As the stand-off between the Indian and Chinese militaries enters its third month at... More

Does India have a history of being the aggressor with China?

News stories about the current Sino-Indian border dispute offer a lesson in how appearance – and US press coverage of a crisis can be deceiving. The border... More

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READER'S VIEW

Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate... More

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