Myanmar’s ASEAN chairmanship tested by China sea spat

Surging tensions in the South China Sea dominated a meeting of Southeast Asia’s regional bloc Saturday, presenting a challenging diplomatic debut for Myanmar as it hosts the talks for the first time.  Guards of honour line up as Asian leaders arrive at the international airport in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw to attend the ASEAN Summit on […]

Unlocking a ‘Sleeping Petroleum Giant’

YANGON — Potential investors at a hotel conference room in Yangon in September were invited to salivate over Myanmar’s geology. By all accounts, the maps and cross-section graphics on display indicate that the country is sitting on vast energy wealth. Although the exact quantities of hydrocarbons are unknown, “it can be envisaged as a sleeping […]