Myanmar’s edible bird nest industry comes home to roost

The cries of amorous swiftlets echo around the dark room, an unlikely gold mine for traders in southern Myanmar who are cashing in on rising demand for the edible nests from China’s growing middle class. Dozens of buildings dedicated to the tiny birds have sprung up around Bokpyin in recent years, their grey concrete structures […]

Old soldiers to meet as Thai PM makes Myanmar his first foreign visit

BANGKOK – When retired general Prayuth Chan-ocha lands in Myanmar on Thursday, his first overseas trip as Thailand’s new prime minister, he can expect a little love and a lot of understanding. Prayuth, 60, led a military coup that toppled the elected government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on May 22. His junta has detained […]

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi looks to Singapore as model – minus the materialism

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi cemented Singapore’s role as a major economic partner and model for her country on a five-day trip to the island, taking home what she said were valuable lessons on education policy and anti-graft measures. But her endorsement of the wealthy city-state came with a caveat – Myanmar could […]