Thursday, April 11, 2013

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The Great Game Over Burma

As the former pariah state shakes off pawn status, the playing field transforms—and world powers like China and the United States make moves for influence. Read More


Promoting ‘Rule of Law’ Will End Violence, Suu Kyi Tells Muslim Leaders

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi breaks her silence on the recent inter-communal violence, telling Muslim leaders that promoting “rule of law” will end it. Read More


Foreign Know-How Called Upon as Burma Gears Up for Smart ID Card Program

Burma is collaborating with foreign companies to upgrade how it keeps track of its citizens by replacing paper-and-ink national identity cards with scannable “smart” cards. Read More


Burma Invites Bids for 30 Offshore Oil, Gas Blocks

Burma will open bidding in June for petroleum operations in an effort to pull more foreign investment into the country’s oil and gas sector. Read More


Burma’s Ethnic Violence ‘Poses Threat to Foreign Investment’

Continued religious and ethnic violence in Burma could deter much-needed investment, according to a study of the recent spate of anti-Muslim rioting in the country. Read More


Taiwan Tells Its Citizens to Delay Trips to South Korea

Taiwan’s government is the first to urge its citizens to delay visiting South Korea amid rising tensions with the North. Read More


Thai Gays Say What God Hath Joined, Let No Man Put Asunder

Thailand appears set to consider the passage of a same-sex civil union bill sometime in 2013, gender rights activists say. Read More


Philippines Charges Crew of Ship That Rammed Reef

Philippine authorities filed a poaching case and are preparing more charges against Chinese fishermen aboard a vessel that ran aground in a protected coral reef. Read More


Burma Govt Meets Rohingya Migrants in Thailand

Burmese officials will travel to Thailand in a bid to determine the origins of about 2,000 Rohingya migrants sheltered there, the Bangkok Post reported Thursday. Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said that although the UN refugee agency confirmed most of the refugees were from Burma’s Arakan State, Burma’s government believed some came from Bangladesh. [...] Read More


Former Burmese Political Prisoner Told to Return Jail Uniform

Five years after receiving amnesty, a prominent activist from the National League for Democracy who spent nearly 20 years incarcerated for political activities has been asked to return the prison uniform he wore the day he was released, AFP reported Wednesday. Win Tin, 83, who has close ties to democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, [...] Read More


Suu Kyi Discusses Rangoon Hospital With Former UK Health Minister

Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi met a former UK health minister to discuss renovations of Burma’s biggest hospital, Eleven Media reported on Wednesday. Suu Kyi and Lord Ara Darzi were joined by Shwe Mann, speaker of Burma’s lower house of Parliament, for the meeting on Tuesday to consider practical ways of upgrading the century-old [...] Read More


Burma Moves Forward With SEA Games Sponsorships

Burma’s government has appointed two foreign companies to manage sponsorships for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games, which will be hosted in Burma later this year, China’s state news agency Xinhua reported Wednesday. The Ministry of Finance and Revenue selected Dentsu Sports Asia, a sports marketing agency from Singapore, and JK Consulting, a business consultant for [...] Read More


Burma, China to Boost Army Ties

Burma’s military chief met with China’s ambassador to Burma on Wednesday to discuss improving military relations between the two countries, the New Light of Myanmar reported on Thursday. Vice Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of Burma’s Defense Services, talked with Ambassador Yang Houlan in Naypyidaw about enhancing army ties between the two countries, improving border [...] Read More


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