China’s top diplomat on Tuesday lobbied the State Counselor and President to begin work on BRI projects; expert says Beijing wants assurances before November’s election.
Observers and ethnic armed groups say State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s support for the military in the Rakhine conflict damages the peace process.
The Arakan Liberation Party, an NCA signatory, has asked the government to let the Rakhine people hold a national-level dialogue before the next Union Peace Conference.
China and Myanmar capped President Xi Jinping’s two-day visit by signing 33 agreements, including many to advance Beijing’s BRI projects in the country.
The Irrawaddy offers a selection of analyses, commentaries and interviews published in 2019 that shed light on key issues likely to continue shaping the nation this year.
Two major ethnic armed groups say they support the State Counselor’s decision to defend Myanmar against genocide charges at the International Court of Justice.