China offers $11.5 billions in loans, credit to Southeast Asia

China will offer $11.5 billion (£8.1 billion) in loans and credit lines to five Southeast Asian countries for infrastructure and other projects, Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday. In 2014, Li offered $20 billion in loans to Southeast Asia, while visiting Myanmar to attend an East Asian summit, an attractive proposition for a region struggling […]

America’s estrangement from Thailand

The American public increasingly thinks of Thailand as unstable, a perception fueled by official criticism of Thailand’s politics. Although this criticism is partially driven by developments in Thailand, it is also a result of uncoordinated and reactionary foreign policy. A recently released movie, No Escape, features an American family desperately trying to flee from an […]

Noble Twin Dragons Guides Myanmar Out of the Fog

Jakarta. Myanmar today is like a young lady dressed up and ready to compete after many years of being controlled by her previous reign. Now development is fast-paced and if you blink you may miss the latest changes. It takes strong nerves to handle the challenges, but Noble Twin Dragons, a new rising Myanmar company […]

Locals fearful as Myanmar’s Dawei project nears green light

New port zone could revitalise trade in Asean, but at a high cost Ma Nu May and her husband started a small cashew farm near the coastal town of Dawei in southern Myanmar seven years ago, but life in the past two years has been far from peaceful. Most of her cashew trees are still […]

Maritime spat to aid rice exporters

Growing tensions in the South China Sea in recent months is leading China to shun Vietnam for its rice imports, opening the door for Myanmar exporters, according to traders. Much of Myanmar’s official exports currently go to African countries, but with Thai exporters dropping prices in those markets since the May 22 coup, Myanmar exporters […]

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 […]

Myanmar takes up ASEAN chair

Taking hold of the ASEAN gavel from Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah on October 10, the normally subdued President U Thein Sein sported an uncharacteristic grin. He had good reason to smile. For most of the past two decades Myanmar was the outcast of the 10-nation bloc. In just a few years it has successfully transformed […]