Tasked with fighting a full-fledged war in the heartland, it remains to be seen whether the military will splinter or double down on its atrocities.
Reports that the junta’s crackdown on political foes has diverted resources from drug interdiction recycle old fallacies about the narcotics trade in Myanmar.
Ethnic armed groups attacked regime forces in Karen, Kayah and Shan states.
As part of a crackdown on internet scammers, Beijing has ordered Chinese nationals living in northeastern Myanmar to return home, taking a huge toll on the local economy.
Despite post-coup chaos, the COVID-19 pandemic and rising anti-China sentiment, the military regime is pushing forward with Beijing-backed infrastructure projects.
The 11-member State Administrative Council is led by Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing and includes seven generals and three civilians; councils also appointed for states/regions.
Throughout 2020, Beijing sought to ensure its BRI plans did not fall off Myanmar’s radar screen amid COVID-19. The Irrawaddy looks at the year in bilateral relations.
This week the National League for Democracy scored a landslide election win and reached out to ethnic parties in a spirit of cooperation while the Union Solidarity and Development Party
In an unprecedented move, the NLD has followed its landslide victory with an overture for cooperation with ethnic political parties in the future.
Merged ethnic parties may be the wild card in Shan as the election nears, but the NLD continues to dominate with urban voters.