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Beijing increases pressure on Myanmar to open up economically amid Western disinterest


China is increasing its pressure on the Myanmar government in an effort to consolidate its strategic position in Beijing’s march westward. China is also trying to capitalise on Myanmar’s increasing disaffection with the West, and the opportunity... More

As Myanmar loses investors’ confidence, government looks east with revamped economic plans


Myanmar has revamped its economic ministries and launched a renewed investment drive to try to attract foreign investment that dipped over the last 12 months. International criticism of the government’s handling of the violence in its strife-torn... More

Its economy in poor shape, Myanmar’s textile sector might be crippled if...


Myanmar’s flourishing textile industry is in severe danger of being decimated, if the European Union (EU) decides to withdraw its special trade privileges. A EU monitoring mission is due in Myanmar shortly to begin an assessment process.... More

Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen


y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the... More

Suu Kyi seeks Asean support on Rohingya return but also faces censure


Aung San Suu Kyi is attending the Asean meetings in Singapore this week, seeking support from her Asian allies in dealing with the country’s Rakhine crisis. She especially wants the members of the regional bloc to back... More

Mixed messages from Myanmar’s bye-elections


Analysts are pouring over the results of Myanmar’s bye elections in Myanmar, vainly trying to read the tea leaves, and perhaps reading too much into them. But it was certainly a wake-up call for both major parties... More

Seven years after it began, Myanmar’s peace process precariously poised


Myanmar’s peace process is finely balanced, after the latest round of talks failed to produce anything of substance. Sitting comfortably and very relaxed, YawdSerk, the chairman of the Myanmar ethnic rebel group, the Restoration Council of Shan... More

Myanmar moves closer to China with increased bilateral trade and investment ties 


Myanmar and China are consolidating their bilateral trade and investment relationship. In fact, Beijing is fast becoming Myanmar’s strongest and most important ally, but this strengthened relationship has made many in the government nervous. Even the State Counselor,... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide


The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications,... More

Myanmar’s controversial port project gets government green light


Myanmar has finally taken the bull by the horns and is serious about finalizing the Kyaukpyu port -- the first stage in the Kyaukpyu SEZ project. The Myanmar government has been under increasing pressure from Beijing to... More

Myanmar braces for more international pressure


In the coming weeks the international campaign to enforce some form of accountability on Myanmar for the horrendous events in Rakhine -- over the past twelve months -- is going to increase. With the anniversary of start... More

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible


Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there... More

UN envoy faces a tough Myanmar mission


Yet another UN envoy is dabbling in the Myanmar quagmire. A succession of envoys from the top international organization have visited the country in the past two years, harping on about human rights, child soldiers and people... More

Myanmar struggles to find a new Rakhine strategy


Myanmar finds itself in a new international quagmire as it attempts to redefine its solutions for reconciliation in Rakhine. In the past, Myanmar found itself in the middle of a tug of war, between the West and... More

Myanmar launches renewed war on corruption


Myanmar’s government has declared war against corruption amid increased political turmoil involving several ministers. Already the anti-corruption committee’s investigations have taken their toll, with two heads rolling in recent weeks. The ramifications of the renewed battle against corruption... More

Pressure mounts on Myanmar’s Suu Kyi


Myanmar’s civilian government is coming under increasing fire on all fronts. Or so it would seem. The UN, the US and China have all chipped in, to make the Lady’s life increasingly difficult, in one-way or another. But... More

Myanmar readies for refugee repatriation


Myanmar is ready to receive back all the Muslim refugees who have fled to Bangladesh, who want to return. Preparations are in place for their immediate return, said Dr Win Myat Aye, the minister in charge of... More

UN visit raises the stakes for Myanmar


The Myanmar government pulled out all the stops in its efforts to convince the United Nations Security Council delegation that it was taking every effort to prepare for the return of the Muslim -- or Rohingya --... More

Myanmar faces an imminent international showdown on Rakhine


The Myanmar government is coming under increased international concern about its treatment of the Muslim community in its Rakhine state and other human rights abuses, including the military’s conduct in other ethnic areas, and its curbs on... More

Myanmar readies for second face of reforms


Myanmar has reached a critical crossroads with the start of a new financial year and the beginning of the National League for Democracy (NLD) government’s third year in office. But concrete plans for accelerated economic and political... More

Myanmar seeks to engage the UN on refugee repatriation 


The Myanmar government is tentatively seeking to mend fences with the UN in an effort to solve the problem of the Rakhine Muslim refugees, according to sources close to the country’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.... More

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Beijing increases pressure on Myanmar to open up economically amid Western...

China is increasing its pressure on the Myanmar government in an effort to consolidate its strategic position in Beijing’s march westward. China is also trying to capitalise on Myanmar’s increasing disaffection with the West, and the opportunity offered by the latter’s own cautious realignment and recently developed strategic vision, with the newly launched ‘Look East’ policy. A number of high-power senior Chinese government officials have visited the capital Naypyitaw, all... More

Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

Imran Khan needs better advisers

One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible. Politics is not just about power... More

Hunt with the hound, swim with the crocodile

On the sidelines of the G20 conference in Argentina, there were two very important summits. One involved US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This was the first trilateral that brought Modi and Trump together. “The relationships between our three countries is extremely good, extremely strong. I think, with India, maybe stronger than ever. And with Japan, I think, stronger than ever,” Trump said, as... 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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