World events have brought to Southeast Asia a new era of confrontation and conflict, this time led by—but not limited to—US-China geostrategic rivalry and competition.
Also this week, the regime shows once again it is living in fantasyland, discussing plans for food security and tourism, even as it undermines both.
Global aid donors such as the United Nations and the European Union appear to believe that it is business as usual in a Myanmar under military rule.
New Delhi is fearful of renewed activity by Indian separatist groups based in Sagaing Region and allied to the military regime.
The proposed canal linking the Gulf with the Andaman Sea has adverse economic and security implications for Thailand and all ASEAN nations.
The military’s future role in politics needs to be appropriate for a country where governance must be based on the people and their rights.
The UWSA is consolidating a new Wa state that will bring Chinese influence near Thailand and set a self-rule model for other ethnic rebels.
The message of the foreign minister’s visit is that New Delhi will continue to call for democracy while talking with junta leaders to mitigate India’s security concerns.
In his uncharacteristic recent criticism of the Myanmar junta, Cambodian strongman and new ASEAN chair Hun Sen is likely just playing ‘bad cop’ to Beijing’s ‘good cop.’
Amid a changed security landscape since the Feb. 1 military coup, the Indian rebel group and others appear to be reasserting their presence inside Myanmar.
The generals know well that China has the means and the will to intervene on behalf of its substantial interests in Myanmar—not to mention a long history of doing so.
Meitei armed groups based along the Myanmar-India Border are fighting in Sagaing Region alongside junta troops against civilian resistance forces.
Residents recount how regime soldiers and armed militia executed 18 villagers and looted and burned down homes on September 9.
Reports that the junta’s crackdown on political foes has diverted resources from drug interdiction recycle old fallacies about the narcotics trade in Myanmar.
Despite post-coup chaos, the COVID-19 pandemic and rising anti-China sentiment, the military regime is pushing forward with Beijing-backed infrastructure projects.