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Australian Firm Seeks to Reassure Locals on Gas Drilling off Rakhine

YANGON—Australian energy giant Woodside is stepping into war-torn Rakhine State with a plan to begin drilling in two oil-and-gas blocks in the Bay of Bengal. This week the company sought to reassure residents in southern Rakhine State’s Kyaukphyu that there was a need for the projects, citing the potential economic benefits and pledging to minimize […]

The Bumpy Relationship Between India and Myanmar

The relationship between Naypyidaw and Delhi is not smooth sailing, despite the recent visit of Myanmar military officers to India. Naypyidaw’s announcement about not setting up a trading zone at the Indian border, due to a lack of basic infrastructure and low trading volume, ends the series of negotiations between India and Myanmar for border […]

EU says Myanmar needs ‘space’ to deal with rights abuses

YANGON: The European Union said on Wednesday Myanmar needed “space” to deal with human rights abuses in its restive northwest, adding it would respect the call by country leader Aung San Suu Kyi to avoid the term “Rohingya” to describe persecuted Muslims there. The statement exposes a rift in the West’s approach to the sensitive […]

New MPs to inherit host of issues in Myanmar

Rookie MP Tin Ko Ko Oo spends his free time poring over training manuals, learning English and studying a much-thumbed Burmese-English copy of Myanmar’s Constitution. “It’s like going back to university, but not as easy,” he said in his modest office allotted to MPs in a leafy compound in Naypyitaw. “Now we have responsibilities; we […]