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Myanmar army chief says ‘no right to interfere’ as UN weighs Rohingya...


Myanmar’s army chief on Monday warned against foreign interference as world leaders gather at the United Nations to find ways to hold the country’s powerful generals accountable for atrocities against Rohingya Muslims last year. In his first public... More

As West recoils, China surges south in Myanmar


A massive monument depicting four Chinese figures wheeling a large circular object, determined faces pointed directly south, stands in the Chinese border town of Jiegao opposite Muse in Myanmar. The Chinese language characters on the base of the... More

Rohingya crisis to dominate BD PM’s UN visit


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who left Dhaka on Friday morning, is expected to reach New York this afternoon to attend the 73rd UN General Assembly where she will make specific proposals for a permanent solution to... More

Myanmar, Vietnam to promote bilateral trade


Entrepreneurs from Myanmar and Vietnam will cooperate to promote bilateral trade in the years to come as trade relations between the two countries has dropped this year, according to a ceremony to hold the Vietnam and Myanmar... More

UN urges war crimes investigation in Myanmar


On August 27th, the United Nations released the report of its fact finding mission Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar. The report said that Myanmar’s top military generals, including Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, must be investigated... More

Myanmar’s Army commander in chief visits India’s Eastern Command


The nine-member delegation was led by Vice Senior General Soe Win A nine-member delegation led by Vice Senior General Soe Win, Deputy Commander-in-chief, Def Services & Cdr-in-Chief (Army) of Myanmar visited the Indian Army’s Eastern Command headquarters on... More

Myanmar need to be referred to ICC over Rohingya, says UK


British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday that the international community should consider referring the treatment of Rohingya in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court (ICC) unless those responsible are tried and held accountable in the... More

Level of Myanmar army brutality ‘hard to fathom’: UN probe


Myanmar's army has used unfathomable levels of violence against minority Rohingya, UN investigators said on Tuesday (Sep 18), calling for the military to be removed from politics and top generals to be prosecuted for genocide. The UN report,... More

Harsh light shines on Myanmar’s military abuses


If Myanmar’s generals thought the season of accountability for atrocity crimes in Rakhine state had blown over, they were gravely mistaken. In Geneva, the full report of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Independent International Fact Finding Mission... More

Russian ‘Facebook’ bans Myanmar army chief, hardline monk


Russian social media site VKontakte (VK) has followed Facebook by banning Myanmar's army chief and a nationalist monk known for stirring up Islamophobia in a country condemned globally for the treatment of its Rohingya Muslims. Facebook blacklisted Senior... More

Myanmar to sign TPNW


 Union Parliament approved a plan to sign Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) on September 14. A total of 10 parliamentarians discussed the letter sent by the President at the session of Union parliament. Kyaw Tin, Union... More

Australia urged to end military ties with Myanmar over Rohingya crisis


International human rights bodies urged Australia on Wednesday to end its military ties with Myanmar and impose sanctions on those responsible for “atrocities” committed against the Rohingyas. Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International (AI), the Human Rights Law... More

Rohingya genocide: Will Myanmar generals face ICC justice?


The International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC) stated last week that it did, in principle, have the jurisdiction to initiate an indictment against members of Myanmar's military for driving scores of Rohingya people from their homes... More

UN says Myanmar waging ‘campaign against journalists’


Myanmar, facing international outrage over the jailing of Reuters journalists for their reporting on a massacre of Rohingya Muslims, is conducting a "political campaign" against independent journalism, the UN said Tuesday (Sep 11). A fresh report from the... More

Myanmar military chief in a political firing line


It could not have been a worse day for the ambition and standing of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of Myanmar’s increasingly maligned armed forces. On August 27, United Nations-appointed investigators announced that the country’s top... More

China signs CMEC MOUs with Myanmar


China has signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with Myanmar on the joint construction of the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), which analysts said is a further sign of Myanmar's willingness to integrate and benefit from the Belt and... More

Pressure on Myanmar must continue following show trial of journalists


Could Myanmar finally be suffering real consequences for its brazen attacks on press freedom and other human rights outrages? Just possibly. A senior trade official, Aung Naing Oo, told Reuters news agency in Singapore that the worldwide... More

Could Myanmar form a coast guard?


A week after a mysterious “ghost ship” showed up near Thongwa, just 12 km from Yangon, the government of Myanmar showed interest in a bold move: organizing a coast guard. Director General of the Department of Marine... More

Ta’ang National Liberation Army soldiers in Myanmar’s Shan state.


Representatives of ethnic armies based along the China-Myanmar border met briefly with Myanmar government peace negotiators on Wednesday in a get-together described as positive but yielding little in the way of specific proposals, a spokesman for one... More

Myanmar crisis getting out of hand


Myanmar is currently in crisis. Last week, for the first time, the United Nations (UN) officially called for top Myanmar military officials to “be investigated and prosecuted” for genocide of the Rohingya people in the northern Rakhine... More

Jailed whistleblower concerned truth will continue to be covered up


After more than four months behind bars, U Moe Yan Naing looks haggard, said Ma Tu Tu, the wife of the former police captain. U Moe Yan Naing, 47, was dismissed from the police force and sentenced to... More

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Saudi investment in CPEC will deepen Pak ties with Riyadh and...

Pakistan has officially invited Saudi Arabia to not only invest in the geo-economically celebrated China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) but also be a strategic partner, deepening considerable strategic convergence on economic as well as geo-political issues. The immediate reason for Saudi Arabia’s billion-dollar investment in CPEC is, as Pakistan’s own finance minister said, his country’s poor economic condition and the fast-depleting foreign exchange reserves, hampering its ability to continue and complete... More

India’s juvenile volte face

It was the “political survival instinct” of the rapidly weakening BJP which made the Indian government suddenly call off the foreign ministers-level talks with Pakistan which were to be held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York next week. India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart S M Qureshi were to meet and thrash out a range of issues bedeviling bilateral ties. The reasons for not... More

South Asian media: Inventing a region?

South Asia is a popular buzz word which is rarely defined properly. This lack of clarity suits many as people have no idea what it actually means and how one is supposed to respond to it. The result has been an overlap of ideas, projects and ultimately regional strategies that fail to produce a concept which everyone can buy into. South Asian media as it exists today is a... More

No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

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

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, Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s civilian leader, is worried about the impression this increased dependence on China is having. She wants to allay the fears of both the United States and... 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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