Myanmar drawn into China’s shadow: report

  • February 28, 2018
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News coverage on report launch from the Myanmar Times (27 FEB 2018) Myanmar has been drawn into the sphere of influence of its superpower neighbour – China – advancing the Chinese geostrategic interests through the so-called “Guanxi” diplomacy as Western powers retreat from the country, a local think tank has said in a report The Read more...

Aung San Suu Kyi, a Much-Changed Icon, Evades Rohingya Accusations

  • September 20, 2017
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A version of this article appears in print on September 20, 2017, on Page A8 of the New York edition with the headline: Myanmar Leader, a Nobel Laureate, Defends Military From Rohingya Accusations Aung San Suu Kyi, a Much-Changed Icon, Evades Rohingya Accusations By RICHARD C PADDOCK and HANNAH BEECH NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — Daw Aung Read more...

China Showers Myanmar With Attention, as Trump Looks Elsewhere

  • July 20, 2017
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By JANE PERLEZ JULY 19, 2017 NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — When Myanmar’s leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, wanted to hold a peace conference to end her country’s long-burning insurgencies, a senior Chinese diplomat went to work The official assembled scores of rebel leaders, many with longstanding connections to China, briefed them on the peace gathering Read more...

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Wishful Peace

  • June 26, 2017
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YANGON — Early this month, just days after a round of major talks in the capital, Naypyidaw, fighting broke out between the armed forces and the ethnic Kachin Independence Army in the northern state of Kachin Ahead of a clearing operation, the Myanmar military airdropped pamphlets ordering residents of Tanai township to leave and warned Read more...

A Southern Adventure in the Myeik Islands

  • June 26, 2016
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KAWTHAUNG, Tanintharyi Division—The rumors we had heard that the remote Myeik archipelago was a difficult place to visit meant that we almost didn’t go That would have been a big mistake Getting to the departure point for our five day trip through some of the area’s 800-plus islands was just a plane ride from Yangon Read more...

Talking trash: Cleaning up Bagan

  • June 24, 2016
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The mystic lure of the ancient pagodas in Bagan attracts thousands of visitors every year And with Burma’s tourist figures set to increase dramatically in the near future, steps must be taken to ensure the historical site is conserved and protected Such an influx of tourists inevitably means tons of garbage: plastic bags, bottles, food Read more...

Myanmar's Deep Fissures Make Explosive Powder Keg

  • June 23, 2016
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A tenuous civilian-military dance Simmering Burman Buddhist nationalism An impatient populace that is struggling with rising prices and power cuts, amid record-high GDP growth A popular but inexperienced political leadership inching toward what some call “liberal Read more...