In its next term, the government will need to engage its neighbors and regional powers, upholding the NLD’s vow to pursue an “active and independent foreign policy”.
Japan’s ambassador to Myanmar, Ichiro Maruyama, says Tokyo is committed to seeing the Tanintharyi Region project boost Asia’s economic connectivity.
Chinese President Xi expressed a desire to get his BRI infrastructure projects off the ground in a note congratulating Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on her party’s election win.
The NLD fared better than in 2015 in the Nov. 8 polls, winning 82% of all elected constituencies, and 62% of Union Parliament seats after the military takes its share.
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.
This week a survey claimed trust in Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has risen, an NLD member fled a mob and other parties stepped up campaigning despite COVID-19 rules.
Development of “China Town” new city along Thai border in Karen State is rife with questions, while COVID-19 stalls Myanmar government efforts to investigate.
This week, overseas voting kicked off, final voter lists went on display and the controversial head of the ‘Rose Party’ was arrested on a fugitive warrant.
Will politicians help the public imagine new post-election democratic possibilities in the wake of violence and COVID-19?
Chinese investors are far outpacing their Japanese and Thai counterparts in proposing projects for the $8-billion Dawei Special Economic Zone in Tanintharyi Region.
So far, this year’s campaign period has seen more election-related violence than the previous poll, including vandalism, rioting and intimidation of an election official.
Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece the Global Times has accused local groups opposed to Beijing’s megaprojects in Myanmar of spreading ‘Western propaganda’.
Even before COVID-19, China’s economy was struggling due to over-investment, low productivity, modest consumer spending and demographic changes; its prognosis is bleak.