New diplomatic missions signal Chinese support for Myanmar amid Rakhine crisis

Symbolic move to set up presence in capital shunned by most other foreign diplomats highlights Beijing’s desire to strengthen ties Myanmar’s purpose-built capital Naypyidaw is known for its vast scale and emptiness, but China is using it to showcase its presence and boost ties with the Southeast Asian nation as it faces a wave of […]

Police raid Rakhine-to-Malaysia Smuggling Junket, Detain 22 Muslim Teens

Court proceedings and a manhunt have been launched after police disrupted a human smuggling pipeline from Rakhine State to Malaysia in two separate raids in Yangon this weekend. Nearly two dozen Muslim teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18 were rounded up by police and detained. According to officials, the male teens being trafficked […]

One in five children in Myanmar go to work instead of school – census

One in five children aged 10 to 17 in Myanmar go to work instead of school, according to figures from a census report on employment published on Monday. The Occupation and Industry report – part of Myanmar’s 2014 census – shows about 1.7 million children between 10 and 17 years of age are working. “Today, […]

Lessons from Asia’s reversal of fortunes

The short flight from Bangkok to Yangon on Sunday took the usual 55 minutes and transported passengers from Thailand’s thriving metropolis to the more surreal world of Myanmar’s former capital. But this time, the “tale of two cities” – one just emerging from the shadows, the other on a rapid development track – had reversed, […]