Ex-Samsung executive named ambassador to Myanmar

SEOUL, May 23 (Yonhap) — South Korea on Monday named a veteran Samsung salesman as ambassador to Myanmar in a clear move to secure new business opportunities abroad. The Foreign Ministry said it appointed Yoo Jae-kyung as Seoul’s new top envoy to Naypyidaw in a minor reshuffle that also involved the appointment of a new […]

Myanmar Lawmakers Name Htin Kyaw President, Affirming Civilian Rule

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — Myanmar’s Parliament elected a confidant of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as president on Tuesday, ending decades of leadership by the military and its allies. U Htin Kyaw, 69, won with more than half the votes. He was considered almost certain to take the presidency after his nomination last week by Ms. […]

Chinese Jade Miners in Overdrive Ahead of New Myanmar Government

Using heavy earth-excavators and explosives, miners have been tearing into Myanmar’s northern hills in recent months, in a rush to excavate more jade from the world’s richest deposits of the gemstone before a new government takes office next year. Acres of forest have been felled, leaving behind craters, barren cliffs and a web of dirt […]

Questions Remain Over Chinese Involvement in Myanmar Violence

Violent clashes between government troops and ethnic rebels have continued unabated in Myanmar’s northern Shan state since February 9. The fighting, which pits the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) of the Kokang ethnic group against the national army, has sparked accusations that China has a hand in the conflict (the Kokang are ethnically Chinese). […]

Myanmar waives visa for Vietnamese

Vietnamese passport holders would no longer have to get a visa to visit Myanmar from October 26 this year, the Foreign Ministry has said. According to the visa exemption pact between Vietnam and Myanmar, citizens need to have their passports valid for at least six months, and their stay in Myanmar must not exceed 14 […]