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Estranged brother of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi bids to sell lakeside home

The estranged brother of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Thursday he is making a new bid to sell the lakeside house where the democracy activist turned politician spent 15 years under house arrest. Aung San Oo, who spends most of his time in the United States, submitted an appeal at the supreme […]

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s Brother Appeals Inheritance Ruling to Supreme Court

Myanmar State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s brother has filed a special appeal to the Union Supreme Court asking it to review a Yangon court’s decision in his legal dispute with her over an inheritance. Yangon’s Western District Court ruled in 2016 that the home on Yangon’s University Avenue in which Daw Aung San […]

China Showers Myanmar With Attention, as Trump Looks Elsewhere

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — When Myanmar’s leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, wanted to hold a peace conference to end her country’s long-burning insurgencies, a senior Chinese diplomat went to work. The official assembled scores of rebel leaders, many with longstanding connections to China, briefed them on the peace gathering and flew them on a chartered […]

Hydropower threatens peace in Myanmar — but it doesn’t have to

Myanmar faces a critical moment for investment decision-making. The Barack Obama administration’s move to lift sanctions on the Southeast Asian country has opened up new opportunities. But the moves that are made today will send political and economic ripples into the future, and the international community must act responsibly. China wants to finance a 3,600-megawatt […]

If Trump Punishes China, Investors Could Seek Safety in Myanmar

Financial markets in Asia didn’t fancy the outcome of the US election. Markets fell on the news of the Trump victory, and despite a rebound the MSCI Asia Pacific Index was trading close to a one year low last week. Worst affected have been countries with a high proportion, close to 40%, of their sovereign […]

State counselor silent on sanctions

The United States is expected to announce today an extension of its economic and military sanctions against Myanmar, with some revisions, in line with recommendations by the new civilian-led government, according to Western diplomats in Yangon and reports from Washington. Sanctions are also likely to feature on the agenda when Secretary of State John Kerry […]

US to renew most Myanmar sanctions with changes to aid business

WASHINGTON: The United States plans to renew the bulk of its sanctions against Myanmar when they expire next week, but will make some changes aimed at boosting investment and trade, according to several senior U.S. officials and congressional aides. An announcement on extending much of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, or IEEPA, could come […]

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 […]

In Myanmar on cusp of change, former junta ‘crony’ sees business as usual

Aung San Suu Kyi’s landslide election win might be bad news for Myanmar businessmen like construction magnate Khin Shwe, who lost his parliament seat and remains barred from doing business with U.S. nationals due to his ties to the former junta. Or maybe not. Sitting comfortably on a beige leather sofa in his plush Yangon […]

Suu Kyi’s focus on rule of law calms powerful groups as NLD takes power

Myanmar’s leading opposition party, the National League for Democracy, achieved a landslide victory in the general election on Nov. 8, and its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is slated to lead the new government. Are foreign investors happy with the result or concerned about the NLD taking power? Those who have already invested in the […]