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.
The Shan State Kokang Democratic Party will field seven candidates in the Nov. 8 election; it vows to boost health and education in the Kokang Self-Administered Region.
Ahead of next week’s Panglong peace conference, the State Counselor praised the efforts of negotiators from all sides; NCA non-signatories say they won’t attend.
The ethnic armed organizations that are not signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement have yet to accept their invitations to next week’s Union Peace Conference.
In a clear signal to China, Tatmadaw commander-in-chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing has warned that ‘strong forces’ are backing insurgent groups in Myanmar.
The reclusive drug lord Wei Hsueh-kang still wields significant influence in the Wa army, as surprised Myanmar peace negotiators learned at a recent meeting in China.
The Shan State Progressive Party says it is considering signing the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement this year if it will move Myanmar towards political reform.
Gen. Yawd Serk, the head of one of Shan State’s largest ethnic armed groups, talked to The Irrawaddy about the peace process and his relationship with Myanmar’s military.
Political observers in Myanmar doubt President Xi Jinping’s claim that China is not arming ethnic armed organizations based near the northern border.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Myanmar and the People’s Republic of China. The Irrawaddy presents a timeline of key events.