Myanmar’s Foreign Policy Rebalance

The country’s shift in its alignments is about more than just China and the United States. Myanmar’s new government is making its international debut. In mid-August 2016, Beijing welcomed Aung San Suu Kyi on her first visit to China since becoming Myanmar’s state counselor and foreign minister. This followed her trips to Myanmar’s ASEAN neighbors […]

As Suu Kyi heads home, solving dam deadlock remains key to improving ties between China and Myanmar

The improvement of ties between China and Myanmar still hinges on a deadlocked dam project despite Aung San Suu Kyi’s largely successful visit to China as Myanmar’s de facto leader, according to diplomatic observers. The suspension of the US$3.6 billion Myitsone project on the Irrawaddy River by Suu Kyi’s predecessor Thein Sein in 2011 plunged […]

Traders Call on Govt to Support Jade Market

RANGOON — Jade traders in Mandalay have collected signatures to accompany a proposal requesting government support for a better jade market, they told The Irrawaddy on Friday. As Burma’s jade market began to decline last year, traders called on the country’s leadership to address the market situation. On July 12, traders in Mandalay initiated a […]

China seeks ‘new chapter’ in first visit with Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

HONG KONG – China and Myanmar pledged to open a “new chapter” in their sometimes strained relationship, raising the prospect that stalled Chinese investment projects in the Southeastern Asian country could be allowed to resume. Aung San Suu Kyi, head of Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy and newly installed foreign minister, and her Chinese counterpart, […]

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi meets China counterpart Wang Yi in foreign minister debut

YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar’s foreign minister Aung San Suu Kyi met her Chinese counterpart on Tuesday (April 5) in the first diplomatic foray of her new pro-democracy government, underscoring the importance of relations with Beijing. The nation sees its giant neighbour – and largest trading partner – as its biggest foreign policy preoccupation, with border […]

China or India: Difficult choice for new Myanmar government

Even as the Aung San Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy (NLD) is expected to form a new government in Myanmar, China has lost no time in diagnosing the import of the party’s victory and is all set to recalibrate its policy towards the country to steal a march over India towards gaining a deeper […]

Myanmar’s Post-Election Future With India

The November 8 election in Myanmar produced a stunning victory for the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) and its leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who trounced the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party. However, a clause in the constitution will prevent Suu Kyi from becoming president, and the military is not likely to relinquish […]

Why the dragon and the democrat have to tango

When a global icon of democracy visits China—not exactly known for its democratic credentials understandably—all heads turn. Precisely so, on the heels of Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s maiden visit to China (she leads Myanmar’s National League for Democracy, NLD), her first since she was released from house arrest in 2010. It materialised […]