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  1. Myanmar 'breakthrough' may not be all it appears

    Posted Jul 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode in Singapore Junta's co-operation fails to convince all at Asean meeting When it comes to Asean and its bete noire, Myanmar, it is a struggle to be optimistic. On the surface, the past two days have proved fruitful for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in its dealings with the generals who rule Myanmar, one of the grouping's newest and most ...

  2. Dissident group pushes Asean to suspend Myanmar's membership

    Posted Nov 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Asian Nations, leaders of the 88 Generation Students group urged the bloc to push the junta into talks with the opposition. The group said Myanmar's generals had to be pressured to release ... in 20 years with the loss of 13 lives, although the genuine numbers are thought to be higher. 'We would request Asean to... consider suspending [Myanmar's] membership in Asean ...

  3. Myanmar impasse highlights Asean's limits

    Posted Jul 27th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode By Asean standards, the statement on Tuesday night that Myanmar must introduce democratic change and release political prisoners represented rare strong language. But insiders at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations know that, in international terms, it was the diplomatic equivalent of being hit over the head with a wet bus ticket. The sense of frustration over Myanmar ...

  4. Asean must raise the pressure on Myanmar

    Posted Apr 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The existence of a seven-step 'road map to democracy' has proven to be handy for Myanmar's military rulers. The vague plan promises the drafting of a new constitution ... of an ongoing constitutional convention and other reforms yet to come, no real progress has been made. As the date for Myanmar to take over the leadership of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ...

  5. Beijing won't bite the hand that feeds

    Posted Oct 19th 2007, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... Michael Richardson Will Beijing heed a call this week from Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont to join, and perhaps chair, a regional forum on Myanmar that would include Southeast Asian ... Russia and the United States. Of all Myanmar's immediate neighbours, China has the most influence with the military regime- similar to Beijing's position with North Korea. Hopes ...

  6. Nixon and Kissinger set precedent for Obama

    Posted Dec 29th 2009, 12:00am by Ian Holliday

    ... Ian Holliday A prominent foreign policy initiative in the first year of the Obama administration was a first step to reshape bilateral relations with Myanmar. Long built on rejection ... of February 1972: Nixon in China. Four decades later, Obama has travelled no more than a fraction of this distance with his Myanmar initiative. In February, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ...

  7. Power of partnership

    Posted Jan 27th 2004, 12:00am by Sunanda Kisor Datta-Ray

    ... Sunanda Kisor Datta-Ray Asia's energy problems might disappear once the nascent Bimstec organisation- the acronym for Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand Economic ... (Saarc), which made significant headway in Islamabad in subordinating political differences to economic demands. Two Bimstec countries, Myanmar and Thailand, are members of the Association ...

  8. Singapore, Philippines close in on World Cup

    Posted Aug 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... David Freeman and Wong Woon-man, and teams from Malaysia and Myanmar. ...

  9. Wen keen to mend fences with Asean

    Posted Oct 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... to settle disputes with its neighbours and called on Myanmar to allow bilateral projects to proceed. Analysts see Wen's remarks as an attempt to ease tensions with China's Asean ... international ones. Myanmar's decision to suspend a US$3.6 billion dam project and release 6,300 prisoners was an indication that Southeast Asian countries were clinging to the West, he said. ...

  10. Rohingya: Asean grip likely to be a limp one

    Posted Jan 31st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to risk a crossing from Bangladesh and Myanmar to the shores of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. The Post's reports in recent weeks have revealed that about 1,000 have been towed out to sea ... Collectively, it puts off hard decisions, hiding behind the notion of consensus. Meetings can become numbing affairs that are all too often about nothing more than even more meetings. Myanmar, its ...




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