Asean Chair – Myanmar’s new challenge

YANGON – For years after joining the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in 1997, Myanmar was the regional albatross, dragging the group’s reputation down with its human rights record and refusal to ditch military rule.  The annual Southeast Asia summits, often lacking in other substance, became forums for western democracies and human rights groups […]

Myanmar pipeline project gives China pause for thought

China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) on June 4 announced the completion of its Sino-Myanmar gas pipeline project (Myanmar section), signaling that it is ready to enter trial production. The oil pipeline between the two countries is currently 94 percent complete. As China’s fourth largest strategic energy import channel, the China-Myanmar Oil and Gas Pipeline Project, […]

Aung San Suu Kyi for president in 2015?

Aung San Suu Kyi said firmly at the World Economic Forum that she wants to be president of Myanmar and pushed back on the recent criticism over her muted stand on religious tensions A year ago, democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi made her first trip outside Myanmar after about two decades of house arrest, […]