NLD to look West, but not ignore its tough neighbours

  Revered in the West almost as much as at home, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi may steer Myanmar’s foregin policy to a westward pivot to some degree, although the Nobel Peace Prize winner has already shown she understands the realities of dealing with powerful Asian neighbours. The importance of relations with Beijing was emphasized […]

Suu Kyi’s state counsellor bill passes vote despite military protest

Myanmar’s military lawmakers made clear their opposition to a bill to create a powerful new presidential advisory role for Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday by refusing to take part in a lower house of parliament vote on it. YANGON: Myanmar’s military lawmakers made clear their opposition to a bill to create a powerful new […]

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 […]