Boris Johnson caught on camera reciting Kipling in Myanmar temple

The foreign secretary has been accused of “incredible insensitivity” after it emerged he recited part of a colonial-era Rudyard Kipling poem in front of local dignitaries while on an official visit to Myanmar in January. Boris Johnson was inside the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist site in the capital Yangon, when he started uttering […]

India starts exporting diesel to Myanmar

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has started exporting diesel to Myanmar via a land route, in a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pledge to enhance hydrocarbon trade with neighbouring countries. Modi, who is due to start a three-day visit to Myanmar on Tuesday, wants to expand ties with eastern neighbours to develop India’s landlocked […]

Why India Isn’t Really ‘Acting East’ in Myanmar

As an ascendant economic and political power, India has long been eager to assert its influence on the global stage, particularly in neighboring Southeast Asia. India’s intentions for foreign engagement are best articulated in its so-called Act East policy, an ambitious effort to elevate Indian influence via economic and strategic links with the subregion. Central […]

Why the visit of Myanmar’s military chief is important to New Delhi

The commander-in-chief of Myanmar defence forces, senior general Min Aung Hlaing, is currently on an eight-day tour of India. He is visiting numerous cities such as Gaya, Varanasi, Ahmedabad and Vishakhapatnam and will meet several military and civilian leaders. On 14 July in New Delhi, he is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, defence […]

Aung San Suu Kyi set for new role in Myanmar, akin to being Prime Minister

NAYPYIDAW: A Bill to appoint Aung San Suu Kyi in a powerful, newly-formed role in Myanmar’s government is expected to be tabled to parliament on Friday (Apr 1) in a bid to give the National League for Democracy (NLD) party leader more influence over the running of the country. The role of State Counsellor would […]

Myanmar no longer the “sick man” of ASEAN – the honour now goes to…’

A sideshow that went unnoticed during the recent United States-Asean summit in southern California was Thailand’s standing in the pecking order of leaders on both sides of the Pacific. In years past, Myanmar – formerly Burma – was the sick member of Asean when the 10-member grouping held top-level meetings with American and European counterparts. […]

Implications of Myanmar’s election on Thailand

The outcome of the November 8 election will impact on Thai-Myanmar relations in a variety of ways in the years to come. For the first time, the upcoming poll will represent a full-fetched electoral process in Myanmar under the watchful eyes of regional and international observers as never before. The election comes at a time […]

Tribute to Lee Kuan Yew, Founder & Architect of Modern Singapore (1923 -2015)

“He walks tall among giants. Never run from a fight and never cowed even when we were expelled from Malaya. A leader of men. A change agent who found the fulcrum to lift an entire country out of poverty. A bringer of hope. A man of his time. Always in our heart.”  Andrew Tan – […]

Myanmar: Opening up business to the world

MY FIRST visit to Myanmar was in 1985 – it was at a time when the country was still struggling to find its footing from years of internal strife and international disdain. There is really no need to describe a country in this situation, where its political and economic struggles are visible in the streets […]