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13 Mar Betting on Myanmar’s opening

For a while, when Myanmar opened after decades of isolation and sanctions, it seemed that the government could do no wrong as American and European governments rushed to embrace the country. Now, headlines from the West show that little or nothing seems right. What was supposed...

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14 Nov Obama Seeks to Reassure Regional Allies Following China Accords

On the heels of securing new climate, trade and military agreements with China, President Barack Obama looked to reassure America’s wary regional allies of its continued commitment to them. Mr. Obama, who attended a series of meetings Thursday in Myanmar at back-to-back summits with South and...

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12 Sep Myanmar’s cancelled by-elections

The decision to scrap Myanmar’s by-elections at the end of this year came as a surprise to the country’s political parties, who had been gearing up to contest the 35 empty seats in Parliament. However, there is nothing political behind the election commission’s decision to cancel...

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22 Aug ASEAN risks becoming overwhelmed by Chinese railway diplomacy

It may not be full speed ahead for the “Chinese high-speed railway diplomacy” aimed at improving China’s links with Southeast Asia. Dubbed as Beijing’s thinly-veiled plans to assert its power and influence over the region, Chinese involvement also promises to help ASEAN achieve its connectivity...

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18 Aug 3-on-3 with Dr. Maung Maung Lay

Myanmar’s military government opened the country’s economy to much fanfare in 2011. But the last frontier market in ASEAN remains one of the most unfriendly to businesses, according to the latest joint study by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. Myanmar is ranked...

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17 Jul West hurting only itself with economic sanctions on Myanmar

Myanmar’s opening up has attracted much interest, not only from its Asian neighbours but also those in the West that once considered the country a pariah state. Recent events, however, suggest that Naypyidaw’s honeymoon with the United States and Europe may be waning over political issues....

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16 May Myanmar debuts as ASEAN Chairman

Last weekend, Myanmar finally made its debut as ASEAN Chairman, hosting the 24th ASEAN Summit in Naypyidaw. In the lead-up to the Summit, the escalation of the tension in the South China Sea put a challenge to Myanmar’s Chairmanship and ASEAN unity. Testing ASEAN Unity under...

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27 Apr Crusade to save Yangon’s heritage

As Myanmar sprints to catch up with its more developed South-east Asian neighbours, one man is in a different kind of race: to safeguard hundreds of precious colonial buildings in Yangon from the wrecking ball. Historian and author Thant Myint-U, 48, is up against the tide...

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10 Apr Myanmar’s financial opening: No shock therapy please

Myanmar, as ASEAN Chair, has done well to ensure that achieving the AEC 2015 goal has remained a top priority on the region’s agenda. At the 18th ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw on Saturday, Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to realising the goals...

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