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Wary of China’s Foothold, Japan Urges India to Help Myanmar

​​​​​​ Japan’s special envoy to Myanmar urged New Delhi to play an active role in protecting the troubled country before it falls back into China’s orbit. “India, with her old relationship, should play a more proactive role in Myanmar,” Yohei Sasakawa was quoted as saying in the Times of India. Myanmar faces mounting international pressure […]

Myanmar Seeks Advanced Weapons from Russia, but China Remains the Key Player

Myanmar’s generals have not hidden their displeasure with the quality of Chinese military hardware and jet fighters, but they know that a more assertive and powerful China remains a key player while Myanmar faces mounting international pressure over the crisis in Rakhine State. Myanmar will seek a more balanced diplomatic approach toward powerful neighbors such […]

Myanmar better off in good graces with the West

Two developments stood out in Myanmar’s international relations landscape in 2017: The increasing Chinese influence in the country and the immense diplomatic pressure from international community on the government’s handling of the Rakhine crisis. Analysts cautioned Myanmar against overdependence on China for its development and urged the country to mend ties with the West to […]

China Moots Economic Corridor with Myanmar for Easy Access to Indian Ocean

China has proposed to build an economic corridor with Myanmar to enhance trade investments, which Chinese experts say would allow access to the Indian Ocean for the country. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi who visited Myanmar made the proposal yesterday. The proposed corridor is regarded significant as the BCIM (Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar) Economic Corridor […]

Myanmar army moves worry China

Since the Kofi Annan Commission on Rakhine state announced its recommendations a month ago, Aung San Suu Kyi has been insisting that her government is committed to implementing them. As a part of this plan, a ministerial-level committee to monitor progress on the implementation of the commission’s recommendations has been formed. But the government has […]

Yangon Stock Exchange looks for Belt and Road boost

The Yangon Stock Exchange, launched in December 2015, expects to enjoy indirect benefits from China’s Belt and Road Initiative as more Sino-Myanmar joint ventures are set up and demand for capital increases. “China is a major economic and trade partner with Myanmar. Myanmar’s enterprises need to grow together with their Chinese counterparts,” said Thet Htun […]

China to UN: We support Myanmar’s efforts for stability

China supports efforts by the Myanmar government to protect its national security and opposes the recent violent attacks in northern Rakhine State, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The military response to insurgent attacks last month by the ARSA extremist terrorists, which has been described as a terrorist group, sent more […]

China says still trying to resolve stalled Myanmar dam scheme

China is pursuing efforts to resolve the problem of a stalled dam project in Myanmar, its foreign minister said on Tuesday, adding that Beijing had confidence in the incoming government of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party. BEIJING: China is pursuing efforts to resolve the problem of a stalled dam project in Myanmar, its […]

Body language clues on power relationship at ASEAN Summit in Naypyidaw

‘’We’re late,’’ Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said light-heartedly as he strode into a press conference with his Thai counterpart Sihasak Phuangketkeow in a large room full of journalists in the sprawling Myanmar International Convention Centre (MICC) in Naypyitaw last week. Wang then put his arm firmly around the shoulders of the Thai foreign minister […]