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  • BUSINESS

    China's grand vision

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 10/02/2020

    » Chinese President Xi Jinping's historic state visit to Myanmar last month was aimed at drawing the country ever closer and persuading the world of the importance of Beijing's new international approach. It was an exercise in strategic diplomacy, rolling out China's grand vision for the region and encouraging the creation of a loyal and supportive neighbourhood.

  • OPINION

    Myanmar blames army for atrocities in Rakhine

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 22/01/2020

    » Myanmar is facing a very fraught time internationally as the conduct of its military comes under increasing scrutiny, while simultaneously the civilian government now admits it must take responsibility for what happened in the strife-torn western province of Rakhine over the past few years.

  • BUSINESS

    Headwinds in Myanmar

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 20/01/2020

    » The economic outlook for Myanmar for the coming year looks resilient, but the country faces enormous risks posed by internal tensions and international economic trends, according to the World Bank.

  • OPINION

    China and Myanmar launch new era of relations

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 17/01/2020

    » China's president Xi Jingping will today kick off a two-day state visit to Myanmar which is likely to set the course of their future bilateral relations. While the visit is highly significant for Beijing, Myanmar is more hesitant, fearing it is becoming over-dependent on its northern neighbour, according to analysts and diplomats. But the visit certainly is a public endorsement of the special relationship that has formed between the two countries, and may herald a new era of strengthened relationship.

  • OPINION

    Suu Kyi faces spotlight in Rohingya genocide trial

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 11/12/2019

    » Today, international attention is firmly focused on Aung San Suu Kyi as she faces the judges in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague and presents Myanmar's side of the story.

  • OPINION

    Suu Kyi gears up for genocide hearing

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 02/12/2019

    » There has been strong reaction in Myanmar to Aung San Suu Kyi's decision to appear at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to defend the country against charges of genocide. While Western diplomats have tried to persuade the civilian leader that she was embarking on a high-risk strategy, and should reconsider. Attitudes amongst the intellectuals, politicians, MPs and civil society range from animated support to more measured approaches.

  • BUSINESS

    Time to deliver

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 25/11/2019

    » The Myanmar government knows it needs to improve the country's economic performance and extend the benefits of development more evenly across society. With elections only a year away, the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) needs some big wins to prove to the country's entrepreneurs and the urban middle class that it is pro-business.

  • OPINION

    Suu Kyi stands up to lawsuit avalanche

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 25/11/2019

    » Myanmar's top leaders -- both military and civilian -- have been shell-shocked by the avalanche of international legal cases they are now facing. In the space of days, three cases have been lodged in separate courts, all intended to make the Myanmar government and the country's military leaders accountable for the horrendous events that unfolded in strife-torn western Rakhine state during military operations over the last three years. These forced nearly a million Muslims, or Rohingya as they call themselves, to flee to safety in Bangladesh.

  • OPINION

    Giants vie for influence in Myanmar

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 04/11/2019

    » Behind the scenes of this year's Asean and East Asian summits, currently taking place in Bangkok, the region's key nations -- China, India and Japan -- are engaged in a quiet battle for greater influence in Myanmar. While on the sidelines, the countries of Asean, especially Thailand, as the current chair of the regional organisation, are offering qualified support for its problematic ally, largely behind the scenes.

  • OPINION

    The Panglong peace process is precariously poised

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 28/10/2019

    » Myanmar's stalled peace process is precariously poised, and may now be in danger of falling apart all together, as mistrust and hostility between some of the ethnic groups and the military worsened significantly. The fragile relationships between the three key players deteriorated further on the eve of the anniversary of the signing of a key peace pact, and the hopes of kick-starting negotiations and bringing the groups back to the table took a tumble for the worst.

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