Belt and Road shields Myanmar from Beijing’s capital crackdown

BEIJING’S recent crackdown on outbound investments does not affect Myanmar because of its involvement in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The sectors targeted by the restriction do not concern investment projects here, which are mostly infrastructure and energy-related. The Chinese government is blacklisting businesses which violate foreign investment rules as part of a broader […]

Health Ministry Stands Firm as Nursing Students Protest Delayed Licensing

​​ RANGOON — Policy that requires graduate nurses to serve at public hospitals for three years aims to tackle severe shortage of nurses and midwives at government medical service facilities, the Ministry of Health and Sports said on Thursday. Several hundred students from Rangoon’s University of Nursing took to the streets on Wednesday protesting against […]

How Korea Is Conquering Myanmar, One Soap Opera at a Time

A Cinderella story of two antagonistic stepsisters and a love story about a woman with amnesia – these soap opera tropes may be South Korea’s ticket for greater influence in the slowly opening Burmese market. According to the Yonhap News Agency, the South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is teaming up with the […]

To Court or Clamp Down? The NLD and Burma’s Cronies

RANGOON — With the National League for Democracy (NLD) set to take power on April 1, political and economic observers will be closely watching for change, including whether the rampant cronyism that dogged the country for decades under successive military-backed administrations, will continue unchecked. While it is no secret that Burma’s top brass has long […]

Yangon residents protest against government’s commercialization of public playgrounds

Yangon residents on November 16 staged a protest against government’s commercialization of public parks and playgrounds in the city downtown. The temporary committee for protection against commercialization of public parks and playgrounds in Yangon Region organized the protest which started at 10am on that day in front of Yangon City Hall. The protest was joined […]