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 […]

Singapore Firms Wary About Rushing Into Myanmar

The expected wave of investment from Singapore firms venturing into Myanmar following the nation’s reforms has not occurred, mainly due to wary companies waiting for clearer policy direction. Many thought the rise to power of Ms Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) a year ago would trigger the piling of investors into […]

Old mindsets could impede Myanmar’s progress

Like most residents of Yangon, Hlaing Tint, a 37-year-old assistant lecturer, rides the bus daily. In this old capital of Myanmar, on the cusp of a new era, buses are usually crowded during rush hours, more so around the bus door. Yangonites love to stay close to the door for an easy exit, even though […]

Mekong states band together to tackle drug scourge

MEKONG RIVER • The Lao People’s Army patrol boat was custom- made in China with night-vision capability and two of the most powerful engines on a remote stretch of the Mekong River. Today, like most days, it sits idle for lack of petrol, guarded by a single Laotian soldier in flip-flops. Even occasional patrols by […]

Singapore firms keeping an eye on changes in Yangon

Business associations and companies in Singapore are hopeful that Myanmar will continue to be an attractive investment destination after an election set to reshape the country’s political landscape. The ruling party in Myanmar conceded defeat on Monday after the country held its first free election in 25 years on Sunday, as the opposition led by […]