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North Korean Restaurant in Yangon Ordered to Close its Doors

The government ordered a restaurant belonging to the North Korean Embassy in Yangon be shut down recently following a request from the US for Myanmar to respect a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution on sanctions against North Korea. Aryani Manring, who is assistant public affairs spokesperson for the US Embassy, told The Irrawaddy that […]

Myanmar better off in good graces with the West

Two developments stood out in Myanmar’s international relations landscape in 2017: The increasing Chinese influence in the country and the immense diplomatic pressure from international community on the government’s handling of the Rakhine crisis. Analysts cautioned Myanmar against overdependence on China for its development and urged the country to mend ties with the West to […]

Bangladesh losing its geo-economic importance to Myanmar

The Rohingya refugee crisis has exposed Bangladesh’s diplomatic weaknesses. No permanent member of the United Nations Security Council has strongly backed Dhaka to solve the refugee problem. China rendered its support to Myanmar at the UN so that the country does not face any immediate threat such as sanction. The United States’ intention to solve […]

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 […]

Russian firms eye energy cooperation in Myanmar as nations strengthen ties

Oil and gas exploration is forming the backbone of a renewed drive to develop economic relations between the long-term allies. Russia’s refusal to back EU sanctions against Myanmar and the use of its United Nations Security Council veto to help the country when it was still under the tight grip of a military dictatorship, has […]