A New Era for China-Myanmar Relations?

With the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) landslide victory in the general elections in November, China expects a new page in Myanmar’s domestic politics and foreign policy under the new government to be inaugurated at the end of March 2016. The NLD’s yet-to-be-clarified policy direction has led to a major sense of uncertainty in the […]

Thai spirits sagging while Myanmar rises

BANGKOK — Do not be fooled by the throngs of Chinese tourists clogging the entrance to the gilded Grand Palace, the roads buzzing with traffic or the plastic smiles of hostesses greeting the business lunch crowd at luxury hotels. Thailand is in a rut. The economy is moribund and Thai households are among the most […]

Slow revival for oldest university

Unruly, overgrown grass lines the fences. A stray dog is taking a nap on the main road that stretches across the length of the campus. Save for the rustling of leaves from trees along the pathway, all is quiet. Only a handful of students are making their way to class. Most of them are dressed […]

Smartphones Bring Happiness And Headaches To Myanmar

The number of mobile subscribers in Myanmar has quickly grown in a short five years from a mere 500,000 to more than 22 million — giving Burmese a crash course in all the benefits and challenges new technology can bring. Myanmar’s low electrification rates, recurring power outages and poor Internet infrastructure mean that this growth […]

Myanmar party chief’s ouster rocks his family businesses

YANGON — The dismissal of the head of Myanmar’s ruling party is creating a stir in business circles, threatening the future of companies run by his relatives. RedLink Communications is a top player in Myanmar’s rapidly expanding Internet service business, boasting the largest share. Hopes were growing that the company would go public on the […]

Mandalay mayor mulls prohibited building’s fate

Mandalay mayor U Aung Maung says he may force changes at a construction site near his office that contravenes zoning rules located. The Saittara Mahi housing development on Mandalay’s 26th Street, between 73rd and 74th is set to be taller than is allowed for projects near Mandalay’s palace, but U Aung Maung said he was […]

In Myanmar, Newly Free Media Struggle to Turn a Profit

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s journalists celebrated this year when the government lifted a five-decade ban on private newspapers. But six months after a dozen dailies rushed into production, journalists who had withstood the wrath and cruelty of a military dictatorship are struggling against something much more mundane: market forces. Despite expectations of pent-up demand, publishers […]