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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Myanmar trip signals a more assertive Japan

    Posted Jan 09th 2013, 12:00am by Pavin Chachavalpongpun

    ... Pavin Chachavalpongpun Pavin Chachavalpongpun mulls Tokyo's bid for economic opportunities and regional influence Myanmar trip signals a more assertive Japan Japan has renewed its ... a former prime minister himself and now also the finance minister, to Myanmar. Japanese media wondered about the choice of a relatively small country like Myanmar for such a trip. But Abe was quick ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China plays double game to protect its interests in Myanmar

    Posted May 18th 2013, 12:00am by IAN STOREY

    ... Ian Storey Ian Storey says Beijing's aim is to prevent factional fighting along border China plays double game to protect interests in Myanmar According to the defence analysis company IHS Jane's, China recently transferred five large helicopter gunships to the United Wa State Army (UWSA), the 20,000-strong ethnic militia in northern Myanmar. If the report is true- ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Myanmar must seek out partners for growth

    Posted Feb 06th 2013, 12:00am by STEPHEN GROFF

    ... Stephen Groff Stephen Groff suggests tapping regional co-operation and the potential of its people Myanmar should seek out partners for growth Can a nation once intentionally isolated from the world be rebuilt from the outside in? Myanmar has an extraordinary amount of work to do on every imaginable front. The country needs access to billions of dollars to bring modern irrigation ...

  4. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Japan minister pledges Myanmar debt relief, loans

    Posted Jan 04th 2013, 11:26am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Naypyidaw Japan’s new government will stand by pledges to waive Myanmar debt and extend new loans, its finance minister said on Thursday on a visit to boost ... Abe after his election victory last month – reflects the economic importance Japan places on Myanmar. It comes despite growing international concern about a civil war raging in Myanmar ...

  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese finance minister leads push into Myanmar's market

    Posted Jan 04th 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Tokyo Aso leads new Japanese push into 'China's turf' Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso met Myanmar's president and senior officials yesterday in a sign that Tokyo wants to tap a market of 64 million people that has been dominated by neighbouring China. The trip to Myanmar is Aso's first official foreign visit since Prime Minister Shinzo ...

  6. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    President Thein Sein visits tomb of Myanmar's last king

    Posted Dec 24th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Mumbai President visits tomb of Myanmar's last king President Thein Sein has become the first of Myanmar's leaders to visit the tomb of his country's ... descendants to visit Myanmar during the two-hour visit. The Myanmar leader travelled by helicopter to Ratnagiri from Mumbai, which lies about 330 kilometres away. Thibaw's reign ended in 1885 ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    A year of progress in Myanmar and Philippines, stress in South China Sea

    Posted Dec 30th 2012, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring Philip Bowring looks back on a mixed year of hope in Myanmar and the Philippines but growing unease over China's maritime disputes with its neighbours High hopes ... that it would "actively maintain the peace and stability of the Indian Ocean". The better news from Asia continued to come out of Myanmar, notwithstanding the plight of the Rohingya. ...

  8. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    US to ease import ban on Myanmar, Clinton tells Thein Sein

    Posted Sep 27th 2012, 08:22am by Reuters in New York

    ... Reuters in New York US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Myanmar President Thein Sein on Wednesday that the United States would take steps to ease the US ban on imports from ... people to sell their goods into our market,” Clinton said. Clinton’s announcement marks a further step in the US rapprochement with Myanmar, which offers economic and strategic benefits to both ...

  9. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar president to embark on landmark US visit

    Posted Sep 24th 2012, 01:12pm by Agence France-Presse in Yangon

    ... Agence France-Presse in Yangon Myanmar’s President Thein Sein is set to head to the United States on Monday for a landmark visit that coincides with a triumphal American tour by opposition ... for Myanmar’s breathless pace of change after nearly half a century of junta rule. In the latest sign of thawing relations, the United States last week lifted sanctions on the Myanmar president ...

  10. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY: ANALYSIS

    Obama's Asian trip delivers firm message

    Posted Nov 16th 2012, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... Greg Torode, Chief Asia correspondent In courting three of China's closest partners- Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand- president will show US is determined to deepen ties Obama's ... Barack Obama's diplomatic offensive in Southeast Asia this weekend will make for jarring reading. In staging the historic first visits by a serving US president to Myanmar and Cambodia, ...




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