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Myanmar Military to Mark Armed Forces Day Despite COVID-19

The March 27 parade will follow coronavirus restrictions, says the militarys spokesman.

18 Jan 2021 6:43 pm
Myanmar Says Thai Firm at Dawei SEZ Breached Contract

The SEZ committee says it lost confidence in Italian-Thai Development as its consortium had repeated delays and breaches of financial obligations.

18 Jan 2021 5:54 pm
Myanmar Receives $10m in Public COVID-19 Vaccine Donations

The first doses of the vaccine are expected to arrive from India in February.

18 Jan 2021 2:51 pm
Karen Border Force Withdraws Resignations After Spat with Myanmar Military

The withdrawal came after the militarys request for a rethink despite an argument with the BGF over a China-backed casino hub on the Thai border.

18 Jan 2021 2:46 pm
Venue Squabbles Complicate NLDs Outreach Efforts to Myanmars Ethnic Parties

The National League for Democracy says it wants to hear the voices and concerns of ethnic parties but has been inflexible on where to open their talks.

16 Jan 2021 12:53 pm
The Irrawaddy Business Roundup

Myanmars hotels have been closing and the authorities axed a deal to develop a giant economic zone. Meanwhile, an alarming fall in foreign trade has been reported.

16 Jan 2021 9:00 am
The Day Myanmars Independence Hero Studied Britains War Machine

General Aung San was determined to tour Britains Ministry of Defence during his visit to London to plan his ministry after independence.

16 Jan 2021 8:30 am
Critics Inject Doubt Into Thailands Vaccine Deal With China

Concerns have arisen in Thailand over the efficacy of a Chinese vaccine the government has hastily decided to procure in order to inoculate Thais as soon as possible.

16 Jan 2021 8:15 am
Ghosts Look Over the Shoulders of Myanmar Peace Negotiators

Grandparents dreams and nightmares are always present for all parties involved in Naypyitaw talks.

16 Jan 2021 8:00 am
Karen State Militia Leadership Quits en Masse After Military Ousts Its Chief

The 90 officers of the BGF, which runs a China-backed casino hub in Karen, are discussing their next move after the Tatmadaw asked them to reconsider their resignations.

15 Jan 2021 8:19 pm
Myanmar Secures Second IMF COVID-19 Loan

The country is trying to buy millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines and offset the economic impact of coronavirus.

15 Jan 2021 6:08 pm
Myanmar Military Condemns Speakers Refusal to Probe Election Fraud Claims

Speaker T Khun Myat has come under fire from the military for refusing its request to hold a special parliamentary session to examine fraud charges.

15 Jan 2021 6:00 pm
Popular Shan Party Vows to Cooperate With Myanmars NLD Under New Govt

During talks in Taunggyi, the SNLD asked the ruling party to give its members positions of responsibility, and offered to mediate with other ethnic parties.

15 Jan 2021 4:04 pm
More Than 30 Thai Police Accused of TraffickingMyanmar Migrants

The smuggling ring based in Kanchanaburi on the Myanmar border trafficked workers to Samut Sakhon, a major hotspot for COVID-19, Thailands deputy police chief said.

15 Jan 2021 11:52 am
US Blacklists Major Chinese Oil Firm Over South China Sea Coercion

Washington says China National Offshore Oil Corp. has helped Beijing coerce an estimated $2.5 trillion in resources from other claimants to the strategic waterway.

15 Jan 2021 10:18 am
WHO Experts Arrive in Wuhan to Study Origins of Coronavirus Outbreak

After quarantining for two weeks, the experts are set to visit a market that was the first hotspot, and a lab at the center of rumors the virus was accidentally released.

15 Jan 2021 10:06 am
Myanmars Ruling NLD Holds Talks With Three Ethnic Parties in Shan State

Avoiding the venue disputes that have led to the cancellation of talks with parties in other states, the NLD delegation also plans to meet a fourth party on Friday.

14 Jan 2021 7:35 pm
Myanmar Military Chief Makes Life Awkward for Chinese Foreign Minister

Given Beijings support for the governmentnot to mention its views on democracydid the senior general really expect Wang Yi to sympathize with his voter fraud claims?

14 Jan 2021 7:00 pm
Myanmar Closes Eight Temporary COVID-19 Hospitals in Yangon

Coronavirus cases are falling in Yangon as the government talks about allowing people to go back to work.

14 Jan 2021 6:26 pm
Feasibility Study on BRI Railway Link in Myanmar to Take 18 Months

The line forms part of the planned China-Myanmar Railway linking southern China with Mandalay and Rakhine via Shan State under Beijings BRI network.

14 Jan 2021 5:37 pm
Myanmar Sends Rohingya Back to Rakhine

Seven undocumented Rohingya were detained off the Ayeyarwady coast trying to flee Rakhine State.

14 Jan 2021 5:00 pm
Myanmars Shangri-La Hotel Temporarily Closes Amid COVID-19 Impact

More than 1,000 hotels in Myanmar have closed since March last year with the Shangri-La in Yangon the largest operation to shut its doors so far.

14 Jan 2021 4:55 pm
Lawmakers Push Myanmar Military to Clear Landmines for Rakhine IDP Safe Return

Fighting with the Arakan Army ceased in November but displaced villagers cannot return home until unexploded explosives are cleared, Rakhine MPs say.

14 Jan 2021 4:42 pm
Myanmar Terminates Thai-Led Consortiums Involvement in Dawei Mega Project

Italian-Thai Development failed to make concession payments and submit documents, the management committee for the Dawei Special Economic Zone in southern Myanmar said.

14 Jan 2021 1:46 pm
Thailand to Step Up COVID-19 Testing of Myanmar Migrant Workers

Health authorities in Samut Sakhon province plan to test more than 35,000 migrant workers in the next 10 days.

14 Jan 2021 12:03 pm
What Thailand Should Learn From America, and Vice Versa

Americans are learning what happens when a large part of the population loses confidence in the political systemsomething other countries understand all too well.

14 Jan 2021 11:57 am
Trump Impeached for Second Time, Charged With Insurrection Over Capitol Riot

Ten members of Trumps Republican Party supported the resolution in the House of Representatives; he is the first US president to be impeached twice.

14 Jan 2021 10:57 am
Former Senior Diplomat Campbell to Lead Bidens Asia Policy: US Media

Kurt Campbell will serve as Indo-Pacific coordinator in the National Security Council, according to The Washington Post.

14 Jan 2021 10:50 am
Indonesia Starts COVID Shots as China Promotes Vaccine Diplomacy

Indonesian President Joko Widodo received his first shot of a Chinese-made vaccine on Wednesday, as Beijings top diplomat visited the country.

14 Jan 2021 10:40 am
Lessons From the American Insurrection

The political failures and media distortion that led to the current crisis in the US are challenges facing all countries with a democratic process.

13 Jan 2021 8:30 am
Speaker Rejects Myanmar Military, Proxy Partys Call for Special Parliament Session

The military and USDPs attempt to take electoral fraud claims to Parliament is irrelevant, Speaker T Khun Myat says.

12 Jan 2021 7:26 pm
Another Meeting Between Myanmars NLD, Ethnic Party Collapses Over Venue Dispute

The Kayah State Democratic Party is the second ethnic party to balk at a visiting NLD delegations demand that their meeting be held at the ruling partys local office.

12 Jan 2021 6:55 pm
Calls For Myanmar Govt to Scrap Terrorist Label for Arakan Army

Rakhine State politicians say calling the armed group a terrorist organization is an obstacle to peace.

12 Jan 2021 4:47 pm
Myanmar Aviation Chief Charged with Corruption

U Soe Paing of the Department of Civil Aviation is accused of demanding bribes from flight operators.

12 Jan 2021 4:46 pm
China Inks Economic Agreements With Myanmar, Promising COVID-19 Vaccine Donation

Visiting Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing would supply 300,000 doses of a coronavirus vaccine to Myanmar.

12 Jan 2021 4:26 pm
Donations Pour in as People of Myanmar Dig Deep to Help Cover Cost of Vaccine

With a vaccine due to arrive in February, the government asked for help from the public to pay the bill. The public responded generously.

12 Jan 2021 3:08 pm
US Chaos Shocks the Worldbut TomorrowNever Dies

It is tempting to savor the irony of Washington being lectured on democracy and rule of law, but we must hope a chastened US will again lead the free world by example.

12 Jan 2021 2:38 pm